Evaluating the printed book vs ebook.
The printed book vs ebook. There can be more money printing on press than to publish pixels online.
Thinking about a printed book vs ebook? If you believe in your book and yourself, then you can make more money in print than pixels. How do you evaluate a print book versus ebook? First, you have to know the differences in cost, type of ebook you publish and printing methods.
Ebooks – standard versus fixed-layout ebooks.
Why is this such big deal? It comes down to cost and reading preference. The cost of a standard layout ebooks are inexpensive to create, or even free. The text and images are viewed flowing from page to page. It works well for most novels, unless the images have to remain next to a paragraph. We create standard ebooks. But, when evaluating printed book vs ebook, take a look at fixed-layout ebooks.
Fixed-layout ebooks lock in the pages to look like a print book. The text and images stay together, as we are coding the existing PDF file. Fixed-layout ebooks are more labor intensive, and cost much more than standard layout.
Fixed-layout ebooks are created using a PDF of the book, and then coding it. It is great for cookbooks, photography books, or any book with you need the images and text to remain on place. No viewing text and images split up, and flowing from page to page! We create fixed-layout ebooks too.
The printed book vs ebook. Evaluate the potential. Can you earn more?
Printed Books. No, they are not all the same.
POD: This is print on-demand publishing. It can mean producing one book at a time, or even printing a short run. POD books printed a few books at a time are “output” from a digital output device. Think of it as a desktop printing, only better. But, it is usually still toner on paper versus ink on paper. Wipe a moist finger across the page. The toner smears. Ink does not.
POD Binding: The binding is poor as compared to traditionally manufactured books. The softcover binding is usually good. It is much better than a few years ago when authors frequently had pages falling out of their books. We can explain in more detail about binding if you call us at (844) 603-1777.
Short Run: “Short run” can mean outputting the books at a POD provider. It can also mean printing the copies on a printing press. Self-publishers need to know that the fewer books you print, the higher the cost per copy.
Printing at Star Print Brokers.
Printing on Press in USA: We can print short run, softcover books in the USA to save time, but seldom print in the USA any longer. The cost has increased and we’re sorry to say that the quality is not nearly as good as we get with our select printers in Asia (never in China). It only takes 2 to 3 weeks in the USA. Consider that the minimum soft cover print run in Asia is 2,000 books. Instead of printing just 500 USA books, the cost for 2,000 Asia soft cover books or 1,000 hardcover books is not much higher than printing 500 books here in the USA.
Printing on Press in Asia: Star Print Brokers prints books in Asia, but never in China, largely due to cost and quality issues. We print the highest quality books at a reasonable cost. Not every printer has the same capabilities or expertise. One country is not better than another when it comes to printing books. We have already sourced a select cadre of the best printers and used them on many books. SPB prints with more than one printer, and selects the best printer for each title. We always stand behind our work and have the references to back it up. Choosing the printed book vs ebook with make more profit per unit.
Authors need to make sure they can sell the books. In most cases, they can. We have many repeat self-publishers.
Now comes the evaluation of the printed book vs ebook.
How much profit are you going to make per copy on your printed book vs ebook? If you are not printing short runs, and are printing overseas with Star Print Brokers, the profit per book is going to be much higher. There are other things to take into consideration:
Distribution: Most new authors don’t need distribution services. They open an account at Amazon and sell and fulfill book orders themselves. If your book really takes off, then a distribution service would be helpful. Until then, paying for distribution often means that you are just being put on a list that goes to bookstores. But, with your own ISBN, your book can be found in the database, by title, author, or genre.
Marketing: Traditional publishers will only budget so much toward a new author’s books. They expect the author to market the book as well. Consider why you need to buy marketing services if your are already marketing the book yourself.
Conclusion for evaluating the printed book vs ebook.
If you believe in your book, and yourself, you can make more profit printing with Star Print Brokers. We will print it on print press in Asia. SPB delivers high-quality printing of books with fine bindings. We are always reasonably priced. But, find out for yourself. Consider the cost per unit. Request a quote today. A printed book vs ebook? You decide if you can make more money in print or pixels!