What is the future of the book? - Lynne Garner
|My first ebook|
Then came the print on demand (POD) revolution, where authors like myself and the Author Electric team could publish a physical book without holding stock. So in 2014 I decided to combine my two Anansi ebooks and release as a POD book. At first sales were slow, then they started to match those of my ebooks. Now they outsell my ebooks.
This made me wonder if it was just my ebooks or if ebook sales were down generally. So I did a little research. I discovered sales of ebooks have been falling for the last couple of years. Some of the large publishers have given figures in the region of a 12% fall from 2015 - 2016. I found several reasons being suggested for this fall in sales. These being:
- Large publishers sell their ebooks at the same price or very near to the physical book. This really annoys readers, so they are turning away from the larger publishers and are buying from writers who self-publish.
- People are becoming fed up with spending so much time staring at a screen (computer, TV, phone and the eReader) so are returning to physical books. Great for those or us who also offer our books as POD.
- The audiobook is taking readers away from books and ebooks with a reported 31% increase from 2015 - 2016 in audio book sales.
So although my ebook sales are down, I'm not the only one. However this research has made me decide I should undertake some research into turning my books into audiobooks. If it's another avenue I can sell my books through then I'm willing to give it a go. I'l let you know what I find out.
If you've already gone the audiobook route then any tips would be greatly appreciated. Simply share below.
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