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Victoria R. Bar...

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Publishing print book and ebook at same time?
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Is there an advantage to publishing the print book and the ebook at the same time? Or is it all right to wait a few days to launch the print book, in hope of some reviews from the ebook?
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Dec 5, 2017 2:26 PM   in response to: Victoria R. Bar... in response to: Victoria R. Bar...
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Victoria R. Barbosa wrote:
Is there an advantage to publishing the print book and the ebook at the same time? Or is it all right to wait a few days to launch the print book, in hope of some reviews from the ebook?

The choice is yours.
I publish my paperbacks first and do so at CreateSpace (also is Amazon). I feel the Look Inside is much better with doing the paperback first.

It will take more than a few days for feedback. By the time it is found by readers, purchased, shipped and however many days, weeks or months it may take the reader to read it, you could be looking at a long time. Keep in mind that few buyers leave feedback.
C. Gold

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Posted: Dec 5, 2017 2:31 PM   in response to: Victoria R. Bar... in response to: Victoria R. Bar...
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People use the trick of publishing the paper version first while the ebook is in pre-order so they can give a link to reviewers and reviewers can post their reviews under the paperback which will carry over to the ebook when it is available for purchase.

I think some will publish the ebook while they wait for final approval of the paperback copy since that takes a few days to arrive.

I can't think of any other reasons to delay one or the other.
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Posted: Dec 5, 2017 3:16 PM   in response to: Victoria R. Bar... in response to: Victoria R. Bar...
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Victoria--

You can publish them at the same time or not. It's up to you.

Some, like Donna, do the paperback first. I do the ebook first, because the formatting is quicker, and it's faster to correct that ridiculous typo that survived multiple proof reads and edits. Do whatever works for you.

C. Gold--

You've become extremely helpful. I hope you don't burn out!
--Dale (and another C.)
Adam Carter

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Posted: Dec 5, 2017 3:20 PM   in response to: Victoria R. Bar... in response to: Victoria R. Bar...
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I always publish the paperback first, while I have the kindle on pre-order. This means that by the time the kindle comes out, Amazon will (hopefully) have linked the two.

It works particularly well for me because I write gamebooks and people prefer to have paperbacks of those. I see a big difference when Amazon don't link the two up quickly enough (I published one today and immediately sold 2 copies because they were linked. I published one recently and have sold 0 paperback copies because Amazon haven't linked them).

If you take this into account and factor in what the others have said in their replies you can work out what's the best strategy for you.
Notjohn

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Posted: Dec 5, 2017 3:46 PM   in response to: Victoria R. Bar... in response to: Victoria R. Bar...
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Is there an advantage to publishing the print book and the ebook at the same time

Not really.

The print edition is a whole lot fussier than the ebook, so I generally get to it a couple or three weeks after the ebook. Meanwhile, the ebook has hopefully been paying the bills.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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