The Amazon Kindle has certainly changed the way people read. For a time ebooks were all the rage. My sales reflected it. The vast majority of my books were sold as Kindle editions. However, it now appears that I’m selling more print books again.
Ebooks have their advantages. They can be instantly downloaded. You can store hundreds of books on your smartphone or tablet. And at one time, books were more affordable. When ebook first became available, they typically cost a few dollars. However, I’m now seeing skyrocketing prices. And I’m simply not going to pay ten dollars, or more, for an ebook. If I have to spend that much money I may as well get the print edition. That way I’ll have something tangible.
Along with rising prices, there are other disadvantages to ebooks. Those who have vision issues may find ebooks too difficult to read. And who hasn’t been disappointed upon finding their device has a dead battery. Ugh! I have so been there and done that.
I’m now offer a newsletter for my Marina Martindale fans. In my latest issue I included a poll. Did my readers prefer ebooks, print books, or no preference? The results were surprising. While not a scientific poll, most of my newsletter subscribers preferred print books. No preference came in a close second, but only a few preferred ebooks.
Is the ebook fad finally coming to an end? Who knows. I’ll continue publishing both Kindle and print versions of my books. And in case you’re wondering, I personally prefer print books. They’re low tech, so you never have to worry about a dead battery.
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