Kindle or Physical Copy: Which Do You Prefer?

Which of these two mediums do you prefer? Obviously that is a personal preference, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind when you are thinking about publishing on these two formats. Today I want to talk about the major differences between publishing on a Kindle or other e-book platform and the traditional print platform.

E-books clearly aren’t for everyone. I personally still like reading on a physical copy book and I enjoy the satisfaction I get from physically turning each page and seeing the progress I am making through a book. And I will say, subconsciously, there is a part of me that still holds print publishing as the gold standard.

This, of course, is a completely false notion and Kindle publishing has many many distinct advantages to print publishing.

Advantages to Kindle Publishing

The first and most obvious advantage to Kindle publishing is that it is much cheaper. You can usually do it for a few hundred dollars and there is no need to get an expensive publishing house in the mix. This alone can save you thousands of dollars and countless hours of headache.

Another great advantage to Kindle publishing is that your revenue is not cut as much. Publishing houses are notorious for taking huge percentages of book sales and leaving authors with very little as a total percentage of revenue. This can cost you a lot of money down the road, especially if your book turns out to be a success.

Kindle publishing also puts you in touch with a large online audience that is in tune with other Kindle publishers. If you can tap into this community of authors, you can be successful right off the bat.

Advantages to Traditional Publishing

Of course, traditional publishing has its own advantages too. The first of which is the publishing house outsources much of the tedious work. So they will be in charge of editing and copyediting the work and their professional team will be in charge of layout and text flow. This can take a very long time and it is tedious work, but publishing houses usually flip it relatively quickly.

The second major advantage to traditional publishing is that they have connections with distributors. They can get your book places. If you book is selling well, they can place you in large retail markets that just being online cannot do. This is how your book becomes a household name.

A Blended Release

In all reality, however, there is usually a combination of both of these publishing sources that happens. People will oftentimes run limited editions of their printed work and then have a wider e-release. They will then expand their printed release as their budget allows.

So while both of these two publishing methods are equally valid, they each have their own advantages and disadvantages and when you are writing your own book, you need to weigh all of the options before making a decision on what is right for you. Some books are meant for a Kindle audience, while others are meant for the traditionalists in the publishing houses. You need to go case by case.