For readers, the debate between digital or book reading has raged on. Preferences swing and sway, even for me. I enjoy both equally; as long as I can actually read what I want, it doesn’t matter what format it comes in for me. My main gripe with digital books is it’s less easy to pass one on to someone you know will enjoy it, as you can with a physical book, while my mountain of print books is unwieldy compared to my hundreds of digital books, all neatly stored away in one place.
Well, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Centre, reading from printed books is winning (in America, at least), but for you writers out there, there are some pros and cons when considering how to share your writing with the world.
There are certain advantages if you intend to publish online through, for example, Amazon’s KDP or Createspace.
- It’s cheaper
- It’s easier to promote; people can leave reviews
- You can revise and update easily
If this is your chosen format, a proofreader is a good idea so that you have a second pair of eyes check your writing to make sure it reads well and is delivering the message you intend. If an error is spotted at a later date, or you want to add something, you can just amend your version online and update.
This is a whole other kettle of fish. You need to really quadruple check everything as once it’s printed, there’s no going back (unless you reprint, which can cost a lot more). Ideally, an editor who knows about formatting, typesetting, and margins as well as checking sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, etc. is essential. If a book is printed with mistakes (this happens way more often than it should), it can really affect a reader’s ability to read your work and your reputation. Don’t let this happen to you. It really is worth investing a little time and money to make sure your work is the best it can be. This will give you peace of mind too. So contact me today if you need some final touches and check for your work and fully achibe (really? I mean, REALLY?) your potential.
Thanks for reading. If you have any comments or anything to add, feel free to do so below. Until the next time,