Some of the advantages of e-publishing include:
- More and more libraries carry e-books for lending.
- Independent authors receive as much as 70% of the profits in royalties when they self-publish. Writers get a higher percentage of royalties through e-publishing because the initial financial investments for the publisher is lower than for a paper publisher.
- There are no returns from book stores and no paper books ending on landfills.
- Faster publishing time for accepted manuscripts of they go with an e-publisher. Rather than waiting up to eighteen months for a manuscript to see print – e-publishing generally works within a few weeks after acceptance.
- Writers have the ability to update text often and easily at virtually no cost. This is particularly important for e-books related to travel guides or computer technology.
- Unlimited links which are important to guide books and how-to publications, music, video’s, images – all these can be added to e-books.
- E-books are longer available as they can stay infinitive on digital shelves even with slower sales – not like paper books that will be discontinued after some months, if they did not become a bestseller. This gives new writers lots of time to build a following by having their entire e-book available over extended periods of time.
- Negligible investment for self-publishers.
If this looks all too rosy:
- Some people are not aware of e-publishing and others prefer reading a book from print rather than electronically. Good sales so far amount to 500 copies for a successful manuscript.
- Writers are responsible for providing their own ongoing marketing for e-published work – the same as for paper books that are often not very well marketed. A book might be great, but if nobody knows about it, it won’t sell.
- Authors can’t count on the public seeing their books on shelves or in store windows – they have to find it on the internet.
- Writers usually do not receive an advance.
However, e-publishing can be a great way for a new writer to gain a following. Romance, science fiction, murder mystery and fantasy are all possible genres for e-publishing. It is also ideal for How-To books that need to be updated frequently.
Businesses can also save money on employee manuals and training materials by e-publishing them. An added advantage here is that works can be clickable.
Do you have all your books formatted as e-books? If not, what keeps you from doing so?