Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Ebook or Print Book?

This is such a hard decision. Do you put your ebook into a print book? I have several of mine in print, but some are not yet there. I started out with Create Space and they are really easy to work with. I signed a contract last month with Lightning Source to let them handle my print books. The reason I made a little leap, well a really big leap, was because Barnes & Noble said I needed a bigger print company to have my books in their brick and mortar stores. This is also the case with other stores.

Of course B & N has them in print on their online store, but not in their stores yet. The problem I’m now having is ISBN’s. I have so many on each book that I’ve had to create a spreadsheet to keep up with them. As per ISBN criteria you have to have a different number for each format of book. 

Well, I have one for my print books, but for some reason, Lightning is having problems using them. Now I sit here and look out at the trees outside my office door and wonder, what now? If I have to purchase a new ISBN, which is what it looks like I’m going to have to do, well that’s quite a bit and not to mention the set up fee for each book on Lightning. Is the bigger market availability on Lightning’s distribution going to outweigh the extra cost? 

I just don’t know, but it’s something for us as authors to think about. Sometimes we have to sit back and weigh one point against another and see which has the better result. 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…