Why an ebook rather than a book?

Continuing with the April theme of Ebook Explosion, I don’t ascribe to the either or school of ebook vs print book. You can do both!

However, I work with many reluctant writers, and frankly it’s much easier and a lot quicker to get your first ebook done than your first print book.

Want to know why?

Okay, here’s what I’ve found. I can motivate people to write a short ebook quickly and get it loaded on their website to start selling much quicker than they can get a print book done. Why? Because you write your ebook—anywhere from 25 to 50 pages (or more)—then save it as a PDF, put it on your website (or blog if you don’t have a website), hook it up to PayPal, and start having your ebook earn its keep!

Now with a print book, it’s got to be around 125 to 200 pages, or more, you’ve got to get it edited, have the cover designed, the interior formatted, a printer selected (on demand or brick and mortar), and a way to distribute those little gems. In my experience, this longer process scares a lot of aspiring authors back to the safety of their unfulfilled dreams. Well maybe not safety, but comfort zone.

And I’m not even discussing here those folks who want to find a literary agent or traditional publisher. That could be a really long haul—or never at all! (Been there…)

With an ebook you’ll still want to have it edited (please!), and a cover designed. You could format it yourself quite easily in Word—I do it all the time for my ebooks and those of my clients. But you have no printer issues and few distribution issues. At least, you don’t have to stock books in your garage and make trips to the post office to mail books.

Again, why ebooks? Because people are buying them—in droves. That’s a good enough reason for me!

Happy writing,
Andrea

P.S. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, my ebook on producing an ebook might not be enough to get you going. In that case, check out my coaching services at www.writersway.com/services and select the one that will blast you out of your comfort zone!


 

One Response to Why an ebook rather than a book?

  1. Thanks for the info, Andrea. I know that I personally have bought several ebooks for a couple of reasons. They are usually quite inexpensive AND I get them right NOW. Two things I love!

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