Like many other authors, I began self publishing with paperbacks following the advent of POD (Print on Demand) publishing. It was a truly wonderful way to take control of your own book publishing and have the choice of selling the books yourself, or making them available to both online retailers and local book stores.
There was even a good number of orders for signed books and I recall spending a lot of time at the post office mailing off copies to all parts of the world. I must say it was one of the most enjoyable times for me as an independent author publisher.
Then a few years ago, the ebook arrived and naturally I began offering electronic versions of all my books. As many thought at the time, I was quite convinced that ebooks would simply be a format popular with the geeky and techie crowd and perhaps younger readers more attuned to hand held devices.
On many posts about self publishing here on my blog I have always advised publishing in both paperback and ebook formats, as the ebook phenomenom hasn’t been and still isn’t a worldwide success. However, in most English speaking markets the ebook has won the day. As a writer in English I have to now admit the paperback is almost dead and just about buried for me as a self publisher. The time, effort and expense involved in producing a paperback version is just not worth the return any longer.
As many people do, I still love holding a book in my hand, smelling the freshly printed paper, or the scent of the aging of the pages in old books. The sound of the spine crackling under a little pressure and licking my finger to turn the pages. Of finding an old book in my book case and thumbing the pages and a long forgotten postcard dropping out after waiting years to be used again as a page marker.
But then again I have to be realistic as I was just as passionate about my collection of vinyl LPs, which I still have by the way, all neatly stacked away and never played. Simply admired from time to time.