There is no denying that publishing is changing. No matter what your niche, you already know that publishing a book is easier than ever before. Unfortunately that means that making money on your publications is harder than it’s ever been. There is so much to consider in the world of publishing, it can be hard to decide what the right option is for your book and your writing career. Have you been wondering about the differences between e-publishing and print publishing? In this post, I aim to explain the most important differences in these two very popular approaches to publishing written works.
Traditional Print Publishing
By comparison, print publications are still very much considered superior by readers across the board; not necessarily because they are more authentic, rather because print publishing tends to take more dedication and effort. Most published works have been put through rigorous editing, jumping through publication hoops that e-books don’t generally go through. It’s common knowledge in literary circles and among book enthusiasts that just about anyone can self-publish a book, but not just anyone has the desire and passion that are required to create a physical book. This leads readers to hold a higher respect for a book that they can physically hold in their hands, as opposed to one they can only read digitally.
Publishing your book using an electronic platform means that it will be more affordable to both you and your reader. Less money goes into the creation of an e-book, and those savings are passed on to your reader. After all, there is less design needed on an e-published book, there are less resources and materials being used in an e-book, and there are simply less hands that an e-book needs to pass through in order to reach the audience. This lower price point is a massive motivator in purchase power; people buy things that are inexpensive. Whether your book is incredible or mediocre, it’s more likely to sell as a $5 than it is at nearly $20.
While many authors are leaning towards publishing e-books, there are great advantages to printing your book in a traditional format. Seeing your book published, no matter the format, is a rewarding achievement. Either way, you will be responsible for all of your marketing and personally investing time and money into your project. Distribution will be up to you, no matter which method you eventually decide upon. In the end, the most important thing is to ensure you’ve weighed both the pros and cons to each option and have made an educated decision before moving forward with self-publishing.
If you are looking to self-publish your book be sure to contact us, we are happy to help! Getting your words into the readers’ hands is what PPS does best.