January 02, 2013
Three Times More People Prefer Print Books to Ebooks | printable version
Just two weeks ago, we published this article: Around 75% of Americans DON'T Own Ebook Readers - Are you ignoring 75% of the book buying market?!
Coincidentally, Publisher's Weekly released their new annual survey results this week.
As expected, the number of print book readers dipped slightly (only 3%) while the number of ebook readers rose 16%. This is good news on both fronts. Most people are still reading print books (triple the number of those reading ebooks) and those reading ebooks can buy more books because ebooks are less expensive.
Only 5% of library patrons reported borrowing ebooks. That means 95% of them borrowed print books.
Much to Amazon's chagrin, print books aren't disappearing anytime soon. In my opinion, they will never completely disappear.
I repeat - Authors who choose to publish their book in ebook format only are making a HUGE mistake. It is wrong to cut off that market by simply assuming that print books are a dying market. Dying? Not quite. Shrinking? Sure. Print book lovers LOVE their books and they aren't going to give them up for a long, long time - if ever.
Our POD Secrets Revealed Series is HERE.
Angela Hoy is the co-owner of WritersWeekly.com and BookLocker.com. WritersWeekly.com is the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday. According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker.com is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Read a price comparison of the most popular POD publishers HERE.
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