The link below is a post from Publisher's Weekly. It is a reminder with which I wholeheartedly agree. We can't forget the value of the printed book.
For all the benefits for publishers, authors, and readers alike of the various digital formats, we can't forget that books are for first and foremost for readers. There is nothing that can compare with a good print book. There is the look and the feel, and even the smell of a new book. The act of turning the pages, and holding something tangible in your hand that a digital version just can't match.
Do we need to read everything in print? Definitely not, but when you find a treasured book; something you would recommend to all your friends, maybe a children's book that you would like your children, your nieces and nephews, your neighbor's children, and even your grandchildren to read, go ahead and buy the hardcover, or paperback version as well as the digital version, in order to really treasure that book in a greater way then you ever could do with the digital version alone.
I remember my experience with my first ebook. When I told people I knew that I had written an ebook, the reaction was nonplussed. "Oh that's nice" was about the strongest reaction I got. When I printed the ebook, even though it was only 50-pages with black and white text, no illustrations, and a color cover, the reaction was almost always, "Wow!". I got it printed for $1.74, a nearly unheard of price. Send me a message to ask me how I managed to do that, or send me an email at one of the links below.
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