Ebook or Traditional Book – Where to start?

I started a poll on my facebook page the other day asking my friends whether they had ebook readers or whether they still prefered traditional paper books. An astonishing 90% of my friends still prefer to buy a traditional book and don’t own any form of ebook reader.

I looked at the population of my friends that took part in the poll and found that interestingly enough the ones that were in the minority and had ebook readers were actually the ones who would also most likely read the genre of book that I am nearly ready to put out there. Therefore my poll still fed me valuable information but just not in a way that I had expected.

That leaves me with a bit of a dilemma as to whether to  just go ahead and self publish my novel as an ebook and then try to promote it myself or to go the more traditional route of trying to secure an agent and then trying to get it published.

In today’s world where we are all trying to be a bit greener and environmentally friendly an ebook could make more sense. Although an agent would not be necessary for this platform, I can certainly see where it would still be quite helpful to have one.

I read this article among many others with a similar message just last week: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/25/barnes-noble-ebooks-will-pass-print-in-2-years/. The article actually discusses the trend that Barnes and Noble is seeing in a shift from traditional books which have seen a decline in profit to ebooks which has made a profitable leap.

I write because I love it and my goal is to have an audience for my writing. What the media tells me is that more and more people are reading ebooks. It appears only my friends are telling me different.

So here is a little poll for you:


About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a primary and middle school teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three and a wannabe author.
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2 Responses to Ebook or Traditional Book – Where to start?

  1. I have to say I definitely prefer traditional books. I collect them like some people collect stamps. It gives me enormous satisfaction to see my library grow.

    That said, my husband bought me a Kindle for my birthday last year and I love it. Every single book I’ve bought with it has been one that I can’t find in traditional print, especially in rural Australia. It’s also introduced me to a broader range of authors and subgenres I wouldn’t normally have found. So I’m in love with it for that reason, because I’ve found some real gems. But if it came down to a choice, I’d buy it in traditional print every time, even though it costs more.

    • usaukwoods says:

      See that has been my issue in a nutshell. I have always been a book collector, my husband needs a three step programme to deal with his collecting issues and my kids also have their own small library. I am a book person!

      But…I know certain books will do better in the ebook market and I think my book just might be one of those.

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