Ebooks versus Paper or DTB (dead tree books)
It’s wise to think about having your book in print on paper someday but not to start. The reason is simple. You can get started with ebooks for free, and the fact is ebooks are taking off at phenomenal rates.
“Yeah, but they can’t compare with paper book sales,” you might say. Don’t be so sure. It’s true that ebook sales were rather flat from their inception until just a few years back. Then, around the end of 2007 Amazon released the Kindle, which has been followed by the Kindle 2 and the Kindle DX in less than two years. What’s happened to ebook sales in that time? They’ve been soaring! And if you listen to enough Kindle owners, one thing will become clear immediately. They love reading on that thing! Many of them prefer it to reading actual paper books. Plus they love the convenience of carrying all of their books on one device and having the option to change fonts, sizes, etc.
And we can go beyond talking about just the Kindle. Barnes & Noble has the Nook, Sony has the Reader, and the holy grail of electronic readers (or so it’s claiming to be), Apple’s Ipad is about to come out as these words are being written in early 2010. And let’s not forget the cell phone. That’s right. Stanza and other applications make it possible for people to read from their Iphones and other phones, so there are more and more e-reading devices popping up everywhere.
Since the Amazon Kindle has been out, ebook sales have grown exponentially. They casually went from $1.3 million in revenue for the 2nd quarter of 2002 to $8.2 million in the 4th quarter of 2007. Then Kindle and other devices came out and sales leaped to $17 million a year later in 2008 and then skyrocketed to a whopping $56 million in the 4th quarter of 2009!
With the Ipad joining the party and Barnes & Noble rolling up their sleeves while Amazon attempts to protect their turf… the battle for ebook supremacy is sure to be a fight of the ages. Ebooks will surpass paper book sales in the near future. It’s inevitable.
Any author who is serious about their future in sales absolutely must make their work available as an ebook. Simple as that. Besides, how can argue with the fact that it’s free for them to do so?
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