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ive done a poetry book/ebook, will it be successful?

nickgoth hi, im new here. ive just put together my poems in an ebook/paperback. its been released. im waiting for sales figures and promoting it. i was thinking:
how does an ebook sell compare to paperback?
has anyone else done it that way, both out together?
what is the life of an ebook?
how soon would the next one be released?
how would you makret it, and where?
do you prefer ebook or paperback?

regards, nick.

Posted on: 3:05 pm on October 18, 2006
Storyman Hi NickGoth,

Yes, no, and it depends.

What it really gets down to is what your target market prefers. Your target audience's preferences will determine what is best.

Recently, I've purchased tradeback books on Amazon and during check-out a digital copy is available to add to the order for a modest amount. In fact, it is possible to return to Amazon at a later date to purchase the digital form at a reduced price for bound versions already purchased.

Surprisingly some people will purchase a bound version after being given a digital copy for free. The logic seems to be that although they could print out the ebook themselves it is more easier to buy the bound copy.

This is purely my conjecture about ebooks and I'm sure that there is to the story. Material that, like poems, that you curl up with next to a fireplace during a cold winter night are better as bound books. The digital form is best suited for material that solves a user's immediate need to know. They want the information without a lot of fluff and they want it immediately. These are two examples that are polar opposites. Most other ebooks fall somewhere between these two polarities.

The best anyone can say for certain is to try both bound and digital. The real challenge is in marketing.

Posted on: 6:11 pm on October 18, 2006
nickgoth thanks for your reply, yes i think ebook format is good for speed as you say, like if someone needs info quick rather than a fiction story, to read again. myself i like ebook for novelty value, no more, i prefer real books to own and read whenever. thats me though, everyone is different. time will tell how my book sells. regards, nick.

Posted on: 1:40 pm on October 19, 2006
Storyman If the book isn't too long a lot of people are okay with printing it out. Short books you can staple, longer books I have bound for convenience, which is why with large books it is easier to just by the bound version.

Posted on: 5:32 pm on October 19, 2006
nickgoth how long would be too long? theres 120 or so pages of text. what is the norm for printing out? id guess at 50 or so.

Posted on: 1:13 pm on October 21, 2006
Storyman Hi NickGoth,

First thing that a lot of publishers overlook are page numbers. Do use page numbers!

Depending on the stapler and the paper weight around 15 pages is the max for stapling. Above that the user needs to bind for convenience. You might want to explore with your local office supply store what type of binding they offer and include suggesting for binding in you ebook.

Personally, if I'm serious about the material I'll print it out and worry about binding later. Some ebooks just aren't worth the effort. I just printed out a 280 page ebook and had it bound and another 50 page ebook never made it to the printer because it was poor quality.

Posted on: 7:31 pm on October 21, 2006

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