Tablets, e-readers and traditional books

There are many discussions concerning publishing electronically verses traditionally (paperback and hardback). But what is easier to read?

Ultimately, I guess this is easiest answered by the individual. I have tried the PC kindle, and shifting my eyes across the widescreen can be distracting. I’m old school when it comes to reading, enjoying the convenience of a nice paper back I can flip through. However, this contradicts my slight favoritism of publishing eBooks (I like the fact publishing electronically reaches, not only a wider audience, but a more diverse audience.) Then there is Amazon’s Create Space, where an author as the option to publish a paperback. Other companies, like Lulu and Smashwords provide the same opportunity.

I think considering what and how people like to read is extremely essential for an author to know before deciding the method of format.  This may be a question of age and convenience more than anything. For instance, since statistics show (some not all stats) that a lot of the readers who buy and read novels on e-readers, tablets, etc…it may be wise to focus publishing YA novels in such a format, and more adult type novels(not necessarily erotica) traditionally, as people over age 40 still prefer.  This, however, does not necessarily prove true, as my grandmother reads both from e-readers and paperback. Though, she might be an exception. I would ask my self, what age group likes to read my genre, and then go from there.

The article below compares statistics of reading electronically verses traditional reading.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/10/06/e-books-reading/2877471/

One thought on “Tablets, e-readers and traditional books

  1. I’m finding more and more “Older readers” (Sorry Mom) are gravitating toward e-readers. They can adjust font size, and many like the lower price. Personally, I make my books available in both print and e-book.

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