Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Paperbacks are not Dead

by Anna Jones Buttimore

On my personal blog I posted a while ago about fifteen reasons why ebooks are better than print. While I still stand by my personal preference, I have to report that the demise of the humble paperback has been somewhat exaggerated.

How do I know? I had a royalties statement recently which showed that I had sold a paltry 39 copies of Honeymoon Heist in ebook format, and a rather more acceptable 1,027 in print. The same is true of my only self-published work, The Saved Saint. It hasn't sold a single ebook this year, but is selling steadily in paperback.

So it seems that despite the convenience of ebooks, many people still prefer the hard copy.


  1. May I say how much I enjoyed The Saved Saint? It’s one of those books that keeps popping into my mind even though it’s been quite awhile since I read it. I have it in ebook format but I may need to get a physical copy. It’s something I think all members of our faith should read. :-)

  2. Gosh Kasey, you're worth your weight in chocolate. Thank you so much!

  3. I prefer physical books, no question. But I'm loading up my kindle app for my vacation, all the same. :)

  4. Readers are a funny bunch, aren't they? I used to teach Great Expectations to my sophomores. I had the entire thing annotated in this musty 1955 dog-eared paperback. Every time I taught it, the whole book would fall to pieces, but that particular edition, the size, the way it smelled, the typography...there was just something about it. I went through 2 more copies of the EXACT same edition, same year (that each fell apart after I taught it again)...there was just something comforting about that book. Couldn't imagine teaching it on my Kindle.

  5. I have been known to read ebooks, but, like Katy, I prefer a physical book. I especially loved Merry's comment; I still have my entire collection of Little House books and Anne of Green Gables books from when I was a girl even though they are totally falling apart. Just the sight of my yellow-bound Little House set in its box makes my heart happy. And, nothing can beat the smell of a book!



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