My client Jeff Jacobson, author of the amazing “The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly Straight” shares his insight on e-books versus print. You might want to read what he has to say–he has 97 reviews on Amazon, and he’s sold a ton of copies
“I published my first novel, The Boy Who Couldn’t Fly Straight, three years ago via Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), as a digital book. All books I read these days are in digital format, since I travel a lot for work and appreciate the ease of downloading and transporting. It just made sense to publish the novel as an e-book. I’ve enjoyed great sales, and have even built a (small) fan club.
I wasn’t prepared for how fun and delightful it would feel to get an actual paperback copy of my novel. [read more] It came out this month.
Friends, family members, and a few fans have taken photos of themselves holding my book, and posting them on social media. No one held up pictures of themselves with their Kindles or tablets to show off a digital copy of my book. In a way, it almost feels like I published a brand-new book this month. Additionally, to see an entire box load of the books is just so satisfying. It’s been easier for me to see the fruits of my labor via the printed version.
To all authors out there, I’d say two things: 1. Publish your books digitally. You can reach a wide audience that way, and since so many people purchase e-books these days, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity. 2. Publish in paper format, too. Folks still love the feel of a book in their hands. We’re not a purely digital society yet!”