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The Future of Print Books: New Data on Ebooks vs. Print

Book writing coach Lisa Tener
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This morning, book designer, Mark Gelotte,  sent me a link to a recent Wall Street Journal article reporting that the trend toward ebooks is leveling out and that non-fiction book readers tend to favor print. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 90% of e-book readers continue to read physical volumes.

What does this mean for you as a nonfiction author? If you’re planning to self publish, you may want to offer both print and ebook versions. On a panel at the Harvard Medical School CME publishing course last week, Literary Agent and author of You Should Really Write a Book, Regina Brooks shared that quite a

author and literary agent regina brooks
Author and Literary Agent Regina Brooks

few readers asked her to sign a print copy but told her they were reading it by ebook. Another reader mentioned that he tended to flip back and forth between print and ebooks and often bought both.

So, e-book/print is not an either/or decision. Publishers know this and do both. You should, too, and you may just get two sales in one.

What do you read and buy? What are your publishing plans? Any questions for us? Weigh in!

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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