E-books versus Print Books for Readers and Writers

Book TitlesThe world is changing so fast. We’re not always sure we like the changes. Keeping up with technology is a constant headache, but what would we do without the internet? Are e-readers here to stay or is an e-reader one more gadget I can do without?


E-book Advantages

This last year my husband and I have bought our first e-reader. The advantages are obvious. E-books take virtually no storage space in your house and you can take hundreds of books with you on one small device. You can store thousands of books on your computer. E-books are often cheaper to buy than print books, and many e-books are offered free at some point in their lifetime. Of course, the e-book format allows you to search for words easily and you can adjust font size. Because I live overseas my favorite advantage of having an e-reader is that I can order a book and receive it immediately without paying postage.


Want to find free Kindle books? Here’s how:

  • Google “amazon.com.” In Amazon’s search box type “top 100 free Kindle books” or “free Kindle books Christian fiction” or whatever you’re looking for.
  • If that’s too much work and you want to get suggestions of free Christian books on your Facebook homepage, I suggest you follow Adam Blumer’s Facebook Page. He’s a conservative writer friend of mine. Click here to go to his Page. “Like” his Page at the top to get his entries on your homepage.
  • When you get a free Kindle book, don’t forget to write a review if you enjoyed it.


E-book Disadvantages


Of course, e-books also have their disadvantages. If several users are using the same device, only one can read an e-book at a time. You have to keep your e-reader charged up. You can recommend a book to a friend, even send them a link, but you can’t loan them the book without giving them your e-reader. The thing I like least about e-books is that you can’t flip ahead as easily and skim to see what the book includes. You can’t just write in the margins and find your note later on. For that reason I like reading fiction books on an e-reader, but I’m less likely to order devotionals or self-help books.


Publishing E-books and Print Books


If you’re a book author, should you publish your next book as a print book or e-book? E-books are faster and cheaper to produce. E-books can be updated and errors can be corrected. They can be hyper-linked to give readers access to additional information. But some readers don’t own e-readers or haven’t become comfortable with them yet. In 2012, 23% or all Americans over 16 read an e-book. The market is sure to grow, but there are some lovely old dinosaurs out there who will probably never own one.


So which do you choose to produce, e-books or print books? Actually a combination approach often works best. Statistics tell us that giving away free e-books can actually help us sell more print books. E-books give us an extra avenue to get our message across.


In November I am planning to launch two new books. One is Edges of Truth: the Mary Weaver Story.

This is the true story of an innocent women who was accused of murdering an 11-month-old baby. My co-author and Mary and I plan to release it as a print book and an e-book. At the same time I plan to produce a companion Bible study which helps readers work out why God allows unfairness to happen and how to handle unfairness when it comes. Right now I’m trying to figure out whether to make that book a print book, an e-book, or both. I’m thinking that readers might prefer a Bible study book to be a print book. It does cost more to produce a print book, but I’m not sure if I should use both formats. If you haven’t taken my 30-second survey on that topic, I would appreciate it greatly if you would. Click here to find my survey.




Maybe you’re wondering about all the ins and outs of self-publishing and would like to find out more. I believe CreateSpace, which is owned by Amazon, is one of the better alternatives.


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