I didn’t even know publishing houses like this existed. I’ve always thought of e-books as an “and” not an
“only”. You published a print book AND and e-book. Not only an e-book. Sure, I know lots of people read e-books. I read e-books. But lots of people don’t. Like my mom (who is a total Luddite).
So I did some searching to find out what the story is on e-books. And here’s what I found:
- Of Americans over age 16, 43% or 103 million own e-readers or tablets (Pew Research Center)
- 28% of Americans read at least one e-book in 2013
- 5% of Americans read only e-books in 2013
Does publishing as an e-book only leave too many people out? Readers who only read print books. Readers who read some e-books but prefer print books. Readers who want to give a book as a gift. Readers who buy books spontaneously when they see them in a store.
So many questions. Very few concrete answers.
Just one more question: do you think an only e-book is a good option for a debut novelist?