eBooks vs Print Books – Which is Better?
“Everything is digital now. Do we even need print books anymore?”
It’s a fair question, and one we hear often.
In most cases, it’s cheaper and easier to create and distribute an eBook than a print book, but there’s still value to be found in print, and print books have yet to disappear from the mainstream market. In fact, they seem to be doing well, with a steady, growing demand.
So, to help you decide which option is best for you, we’ve put together this guide to eBooks and Print books.
What are the benefits of print books?
They’re tangible. You can hold it, see it, even smell it. A lot of readers love collecting and displaying their print books in their homes and freely advertising them on social media sites like Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
You can try before you buy. Once bookshops re-open, avid readers will once again return to browsing, something that just isn’t the same with digital books.
Ease of reading. Many readers struggle with glare, blue light or screens in general. Print books eradicate this problem.
Shareability. Print books can be shared with friends, and library sharing is much more straightforward than it is with eBooks.
Cost. The initial cost of buying a print book is much less than the cost of buying an e-reader, which could sway a reader who doesn't want to spend a lot of money.
What are the benefits of eBooks?
Cost. They typically cost significantly less to produce and buy, making them more affordable for publishers and readers.
More accessible. Using digital tools, it’s easy to increase the font size of an eBook, or to use audio features, to make it more accessible for readers with visual impairments.
Easier note-taking. With educational texts, highlighting and making notes is less destructive in a digital format than it would be to a print book.
Better storage. eBook readers can store a vast number of books, making storage and transport much simpler.
Intuitive. Built-in dictionaries make the reading experience a more educational experience.
Ultimately, whether you opt to make your book available in eBook or print depends on several personal factors including; budget, target readership, and whether you’re taking a wide approach to publishing.
However, by utilising both you can maximise your sales with the ability to get your books into more places and by appealing to different readers.
Whether you’re looking for help or advice with your next print or eBook project, we can help!