One of the questions I get asked the most is ‘Should I publish a printed book or an ebook?’ So here are the benefits for each:
There’s nothing I love more than browsing in a bookshop. I am definitely attracted to covers, plus if they have something to make them stand out from the crowd such as embossing (raised sections making the cover beautifully tactile), spot UV lamination (areas of the cover picked out in shiny lamination against a matt background, with so many new options with some printers including raised spot gloss (tactile and shiny!!) and glitter spot UV) and foil blocking (think gold, silver, bronze and now many other colours too, I’m attracted like a magpie!) I’m much more likely to pick it up and buy it. You just don’t get that online.
Printed books offer more of an experience for the reader, with the look, feel and even the smell! That’s right, I’m a book sniffer, and I know I’m not alone!
Printed books look great on a bookshelf and impress your house guests when they see what a great array of reading materials you have.
You can write in them. I may not like to write in all my books (feels like sacrilege sometimes), but ones I’m studying (e.g. for courses or even book clubs) I like to be able to whip out my highlighters and make notes in the margins. Plus, books such as journals and handbooks are there for writing on, so there’d be little point publishing these as ebooks.