For the first time, eBooks became the single best-selling category in American publishing during the month of February. This is a 202.3% growth in sales compared with the same month last year. In January, digital books were the second largest category, behind paperbacks. Publishers Weekly: E-book Sales Explode in February as Other Segmen....
Print books are not going to go away ... but eBooks are here, and they are here to stay in a big way. Digital books may be on pace to hit $1 billion in sales in 2011!Q4U: What can you envision yourself doing with ePublishing?
Thanks for sharing, Brian. It's amazing how much ebooks have grown in popularity.
Several people have asked if my book was available for Kindle. I don't have one (yet), so I didn't even think about it. But in answer to your question, I think it's smart for authors to consider all the formats and make their books available in a number of ways.
Someone told me the other day that they'd sold their ebook (children's fiction) for .99 to get the word out. It sold well as an impulse purchase and she was able to get some traction for herself and her work.... I still don't know how I feel about that, though. In an earlier discussion I talked about it being the value of the content, not the medium, that should set the price.
I think you're right. Print books aren't going away, but we need to consider how ebooks fit into our marketing plans.
Thanks, Erin. I think you're right ... we should consider the potential of our writing (story or non-fiction) being available through multiple "channels."
If we are publishing independently, our books can be available via a short or medium run, ordering through bookstores, sales through Amazon and others (print-on-demand), eBooks, even audio books. An emerging model is to create a "content delivery" platform through multiple channels.
We should be satisfied in establishing pricing: should be based upon the value of the content.
I have seen Michael Hyatt's book. I just downloaded it recently, and then it somehow fell off my radar before I managed to read it. Thanks for the reminder!
I enjoy Michael Hyatt's blog, and his advice is definitely noteworthy.