I caved in, and decided to offer my novel as a print version too. I wasn’t sure at first, but in the end, I went with the general consensus (read this as: my mother and my husband), and formatted my book for a print-on- demand.
My cover artist still has to send me the file before I take the plunge, but I believe I’ve made the right choice. There are plenty of people out there, who still prefer the print version, despite a higher purchase price. I admit as a reader, I’m sitting on the fence.
I do prefer having a paperback in my hands. The feel of the page is incomparable. I like being able to find and re-read a specific scene without having to troll through whole chapters before I get to it. I also like to be able to ogle the cover at any time, which is important to me, because as a Kindle first generation owner, covers are not only displayed in black and white, but they’re also relegated behind the default opening page, aka chapter one.
I can’t not love my Kindle though, for the unbelievable amount of space it’s saving me! I can delete books I didn’t care about at the click of a button and I can resume my reading where I left it. Plus, the e-book versions are always cheaper, which is not to be sniffed at.
By offering a paperback version, I admit it probably shows I’m serious about this writing business as well. If I can sell even one paperback, then it’s worth it, right?
On a side note, I am about halfway through book 2. It’s shaping up great, and I am thrilled. It contains a lot of drama and mystery, with one main character stuck in the past, and the other running away from it; though they are more similar they they think.
I only wish I had more free time to write, and what would I give to have a proper office…or a garden shed!