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The Renewed Frontier of Print Books

The Renewed Frontier of Print Books

Why indie authors need to stake their claim today

by Angie Donelle

I grew up with print books, and I still love spending time at my hometown bookstore. There’s just something so relaxing about finding a good novel, grabbing a hot latte, and taking in a cozy ambience that captures the full sensory experience: look, smell, sound, touch, and taste.

Independent bookstores are not only a cool place to hang out, they offer a way to peruse different genres without feeling overwhelmed with choices. People crave this comfort once again.

As more small town bookstores are making their resurgence, authors should take notice. Here’s why:

  1. Today there are now over 6 million ebooks in the Kindle store, which makes it extremely difficult for a new author to get a prime spot on the Amazon platform. Savvy authors have staked new claim through print books. 

  2. Ebooks have diluted the art of writing as so many are poorly edited or formatted incorrectly when converted to .epub or .mobi. People are losing their trust in the ebook style.
  3. Print books pay higher royalties than ebooks.

  4. Reading an ebook can cause fatigue a lot sooner, and it can be difficult to find and capture certain passages. With print books, it’s easy to bookmark and scribble notes.

  5. According to research conducted at Harvard Business School, the encore of the bookstore is based on the “3 C’s”: Community, Curation, and Convening. Indie bookstores facilitate community connection, provide a more personalized customer experience, and offer other fun events such as lectures, book signings, reading groups, and game nights—things you won’t find at Amazon or Walmart.

Writer, designer, and author consultant Angie Donelle has worked with hundreds of publishing houses and independent authors, many of whom have went on to publish best sellers.

Since 2007, Angie has created and developed several graphic design programs including BookCoverly™ and co-founded a soon-to-be-released web platform, Pubbla™.

Angie believes in providing value and integrity to independent authors through exemplary design and support. Work with Angie

Cover photo provided by César Viteri

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