Why publish a paperback?

I had someone laugh at me for publishing my books in paperback. I was astonished. For a few seconds I could not even respond. When did we lose the art of picking up a paperback and turning pages. I still get a thrill out of picking up a book and reading, don’t get me wrong, I still use my Kindle too. But there is something about the smell of a paperback and the feel in your hands. Maybe I’m old fashioned and I won’t apologize for that, but it still holds a special place in my life.

Also, on the point of publishing, it feels really good to hold a book in your hand that has your name on the front. It is like when you are pregnant, the baby is in your stomach and it is obvious that their is a baby there, but when you can actually hold it in your arms it makes it real. Just like with a book. The first time I held one of my books in my hands was surreal. I actually shed a tear or two. It was so different from looking at it on a computer screen or a e-reader.

I can also tell you that Shakespeare feels different when read on the computer. There is something about the classics in book form that just pulls you in and grabs you. SO please do not throw out all of your books. If you have not picked up an actual book lately, try it. You might find out that it still has potential. By the way there are still many people who do not have e-readers, so you have to get your books in their hands too.

Well, I’m off my soapbox until next time. Have a great Friday and as always have a blessed one and good writing! Remember today starts the weekend. (We have Fall Break next week so I’m sleeping in!!!)

7 thoughts on “Why publish a paperback?

  1. I know exactly what you mean, I love the smell of the paper and the feel of a book in my hands. And what a great comparison, your book being like a baby, it is something you want to hold not just see the ultra sound of.

    1. Glad to hear other people love books too. I asked my assistant this morning, (She is a college student) if she still loved books and she started telling me all of the books she had and the ones she planned to buy. I smiled knowing the art was not completely dead to the young ones. Have a great weekend!

  2. One of my favorite places is a bookstore. I love the smell, the way the books feel in my hand, and the way the colors on the paperback book covers jump out at me and say, “Pick me, pick me. I have a kindle and do most of my reading on the kindle but I still buy a new book every now and then. I do wish cover art was a part of the kindle experience but I guess it’s not destined to be. After reading your post I’m feeling the urge to drive over to the bookstore and indulge my senses. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I love the bookstore too. I do miss the cover when I get books on kindle as some of them do not have a picture. That sells me on a book most of the time. Just go to the bookstore, you know you want to.

  3. Stephanie WELL DONE! I wish you all the very best. You have been so kind to me with all your advice and help. When you have time please look at my website http://nikkiziehl.co.uk I’m not doing very well with promoting my book, but I’ll learn with time I’m sure. You have been fantastic thank you so much,lots of love Nikki X

    1. Nikki I checked out your sight. You have to give it time. I got so frustrated the first couple of months, but then it got a little better. Another avenue is twitter. You can build your author platform there also. My twitter account is StephanieHurt4 so join me. Glad to be able to talk with you. Have a wonderful night and don’t give up. The sun will always shine tomorrow. Lots of love, Steph

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