eBook or Print – Which do you fancy?
I’ve been an avid book reader all of my life, and reading has truly been my solace. I never really got into small or pocket-sized paperbacks. They just feel uncomfortable to me. Larger were always my thing, especially hardbacks. Nothing beats the feeling of cuddling up in my favorite chair, or getting all comfy in my bed, to prepare to be swept away by a great mystery or thriller.
Well, times have changed, but they haven’t really changed me. I still prefer to curl up with a great printed book, open it to my bookmark, and start flipping pages. There’s just something about having an actual book in my hands. Yeah… I’m old school!
Now, technology has pushed us into the world of curling up with a hand-held device, and swiping a screen or pressing a button. Honestly, that feels a little generic to me, but it has its advantages. Ebook readers are lightweight, which makes them quite portable. E-readers are also available on phones and tablets, so they’re very convenient. Depending on your available device memory, you can tote around hundreds of titles on one little device. Depending on your device, you may or may not need an external light source. You can even read them on your computer. There are many advantages, but these pros don’t really work for me if I’m at home when I choose to escape to another time and place.
I recently began writing two books… or rather, I began again. When I first started these books (one fiction & one non-fiction), ebooks weren’t yet a reality. I dreamed of seeing my books on prime bookshelves in prime bookstores. I dreamed of seeing people say, “Hmmm, this looks interesting. I wonder what it’s about?” I still have that dream, but now I have to think– Should I publish this in an ebook format? And, which one?
Personally, I believe having the ability to e-publish provides wonderful opportunities, especial for new authors. Publishing books in electronic format can save time, cut out the middle man, and increase readership. Isn’t that what authors want?
Recently, the majority of my time has been spent writing, and also networking on ebook sites. I have discovered books and authors I otherwise would have missed. These sites can be overwhelming, but they have definitely been a positive influence for me in that they keep me motivated. What writer couldn’t use that, eh?
For me, printed books will remain the first choice. Yes, ebooks are pretty cool and they are convenient; but in my humble opinion, nothing beats curling up with a good, hardback, printed book!
So… Which do you fancy?
Thanks for reading!