Did you just finish writing a book? Congratulations on your huge accomplishment, but you still have work to do.
You’ll need to design the layout and book cover, as well as considering your publishing format options such as eBooks vs. physical books.
Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of various book formats and which you should choose.
Pros and Cons of Audiobooks
Audiobooks are a unique option for writing and selling a book. People can listen to the book while they do other things, like drive, clean or shower.
An audiobook is also more accessible to disabled people. Blind people can listen without needing a ton of binders with the book in braille. People with motor control issues don’t have to worry about holding up a book to read it.
Even able-bodied people can enjoy audiobooks. They’re a great way to pass the time on a long road trip, and you can choose a book for the whole family.
However, some audiobooks may not have a narrator with the best voice. That can make or break your listening experience. If you don’t want to narrate your audiobook, find someone with a voice that suits the tone well.
Pros and Cons of eBooks
When comparing audiobooks vs. eBooks, both use technology. They’re both easy to travel with, but an eBook is like a digital version of a paper book.
You have to physically look at your screen to read the book. An eBook is great for reading in public if you don’t have headphones. You can also take an eReader on a trip instead of multiple physical books.
However, if you already spend a lot of time looking at screens, reading will just increase that time. You can find eReaders that have dimmer screens that mimic a book, but it’s still not the same.
You’ll also have to remember to charge your eReader. The last thing you want is for your device to die when you’re in the middle of a thrilling chapter.
Pros and Cons of Physical Books
Another comparison to make is eBooks vs. physical books. With a physical book, you can sell the story with an awesome cover. Coming up with book cover ideas can be a fun part of the publishing process.
A good cover can help you sell eBooks, but the way it shows up is different. With physical books, you have to scan a shelf to find something interesting, so the book spine also has to stand out.
When selling eBooks and audiobooks, you have to have a good description and use the right keywords. That way, people can find your book when they’re looking for something new to read.
Reading a physical book vs. eBook is also different. Some people love the feel and smell of paper books. But others love the convenience of a digital file.
Audiobooks vs. eBooks vs. Physical Books
If you want to release a best-selling book, you should release as many versions as you can. Converting a physical book to an eBook or vice versa is pretty easy, so you don’t have to decide between eBooks vs. physical books.
However, if you want to release an audiobook, you’ll have to find time to record the audio. And no matter what book you release, you need to design an eye-catching cover to help sell the book.
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