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Mr A M Hodgson

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ebook/paperback
Posted: Jul 18, 2017 5:22 AM
 
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Hi, I just wondered whether those who have published both as an ebook and a paperback have any advice on whether it's worth it? I'm meaning for those of us who are expecting very low sales rather than the Joanne Harrises and Lee Childs of the publishing world! I started the paperback version and then gave up, having realised I'd have to sort out a new version of the cover and probably re-format the manuscript. By the time I was at this stage I'd sent days on trying to get the thing just right so I was easily persuaded to just leave it as an ebook. But what do others think? Thanks.
huemann

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Posted: Jul 18, 2017 7:53 AM   in response to: Mr A M Hodgson in response to: Mr A M Hodgson
 
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I can understand your “low sales” frame of mind, but a sale is still a sale. I originally set out to only sell e-books, but a family member pushed me to create paperbacks. Best-seller-list author I am not, however, 1/3 of my sales comes from paperback versions of the books I have published through Amazon and CreateSpace. I think it is worth the effort. When you write a book, start by formatting it as a paperback. Creating the e-book from that version is easier than creating the paperback from the e-book.
Notjohn

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Posted: Jul 19, 2017 4:10 AM   in response to: Mr A M Hodgson in response to: Mr A M Hodgson
 
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The existence of a paperback gives a lot of credibility to the ebook (though not as much as it used it, now that KDP Print Beta has flooded Amazon with thousands of poorly formatted paperbacks). Plus it gives a huge apparent price cut, since the ebook price is compared to the paperback, with the savings shown underneath.

Last December, I actually sold more paperbacks than Kindle editions. It's probably pertinent that I mostly write non-fiction, but even a novel will look better under the Christmas tree as a gift-wrapped paperback than a flimsy gift certificate.

KDP Print Beta was rolled out at the end of September last year. The process was buggy, and it seems to remain so to this day. The quality of the books that actually go on sale is rather low, as you can see by doing a search on Amazon for Independently published

Its sole advantage is that the author-publisher gets to see his or her paperback sales on the same page as the Kindle sales. But really, how big an advantage is that? How many seconds does it take, really, to check one's sales on Createspace--ten seconds, thirty seconds?

In exchange, you get that buggy publishing process, no physical proof copy, no discounted author copies for gift or resale, and no distribution to Barnes & Noble or to brick-and-mortar bookstores. (Most small bookstores will, as a favor to a customer and perhaps a small surcharge, order a Createspace or IngramSpark paperback.) If you don't live in the US, the proof copy and author's copies won't be as attractive, because of high shipping costs, but still....

My advice is to stick with CreateSpace with its excellent cover wizard, helpful community forum, and direct-to-author discounted sales.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Donald Desaulni...

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Re: ebook/paperback
Posted: Jul 19, 2017 5:51 AM   in response to: Mr A M Hodgson in response to: Mr A M Hodgson
 
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For those of us who don't make many (if any) sales, one tremendous advantage of persevering and creating the paperback version is that we can then purchase an actual physical copy of our own book. That's one of the things I'm most appreciative of Amazon for doing. I've now got my own personal library containing all 39 of my novels and they only cost about $10 each after both purchase price and delivery charges are combined. I use Cover Creator now for all my covers (which means that my covers don't cost a cent), and I do all my own proof-reading and editing. By the way, I've used KDP rather than CreateSpace for each of my books, and I've been completely satisfied with the product.
Since I paid a vanity publisher $3,000 to print my first novel, my wife is thrilled that through Amazon I've managed to reduce the cost to $10. She was worried that my massive ego would prompt me to waste three thousand bucks on each of my books.
Once Amazon expands its services to that my books can be published in Canada, then the delivery charges will also be eliminated, and my "Amazon author wish list" will be almost totally fulfilled. The only thing left on it will be decent sales figures.
Crank that paperback out and savor the joy of holding your creation in your hands.

Donald Desaulniers
(Canada)
Donald Roble

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Re: ebook/paperback
Posted: Jul 19, 2017 8:51 AM   in response to: Donald Desaulni... in response to: Donald Desaulni...
 
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Donald Desaulniers wrote:
For those of us who don't make many (if any) sales, one tremendous advantage of persevering and creating the paperback version is that we can then purchase an actual physical copy of our own book. That's one of the things I'm most appreciative of Amazon for doing. I've now got my own personal library containing all 39 of my novels and they only cost about $10 each after both purchase price and delivery charges are combined. I use Cover Creator now for all my covers (which means that my covers don't cost a cent), and I do all my own proof-reading and editing. By the way, I've used KDP rather than CreateSpace for each of my books, and I've been completely satisfied with the product.
Since I paid a vanity publisher $3,000 to print my first novel, my wife is thrilled that through Amazon I've managed to reduce the cost to $10. She was worried that my massive ego would prompt me to waste three thousand bucks on each of my books.
Once Amazon expands its services to that my books can be published in Canada, then the delivery charges will also be eliminated, and my "Amazon author wish list" will be almost totally fulfilled. The only thing left on it will be decent sales figures.
Crank that paperback out and savor the joy of holding your creation in your hands.

Donald Desaulniers
(Canada)

I do the same thing for the same reason. They look nice in the living room. ( No,I don't have a light on them...yet)Whatever sales i get are great but future generations won't know what success I had. I will be dead then but still.... I prefer Createspace because no one bitches about it and I get an author's cost.
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