5 Reasons You’ll Want Hardcopies

If you are just on the cusp of self-publishing your book, there are many important decisions you will need to make. For one, you may be considering which format to publish — digital edition, paperback, hardcover or a combination. If you were considering publishing only a digital edition, there are several reasons you may want to reconsider.

Here are 5 reasons you will want to have physical copies of your book:

  1. They put proofreading into a new (or old) perspective. There’s something about seeing your book in physical form – as opposed to just the virtual, electronic format – that forces you to look at it in a different way. You see your book with a reader’s eyes. You realize new possibilities in your copy. You even catch errors that were previously invisible to you. Make a print version of your book part of your publishing plan. Then, reserve those first printed copies for yourself and go over it with a fine-toothed comb. Your final version will be all the better for it.
  2. Old-school readers love them! Sure, e-books are gaining traction, but millions of readers still prefer the crisp feel and smell of newly minted pages. Keep a stash in your tote, briefcase, car trunk or glove compartment – any place where you can grab one when the opportunity to sell arises.
  3. Book reviewers often insist upon them. Positive reviews are a powerful marketing tool that could launch your book into a new realm of sales. But many critics won’t consider reviewing your book in anything but hardcopy form. When the time comes, choose a few reputable critics you’d like to review your book and submit a hardcopy with the appropriate submission application (and fee, if applicable) for the best shot at getting attention.
  4. It’s your gift to posterity. When the current crop of e-readers and smart devices gives way to a new wave of technology, a paperback will still be a paperback. Have a small stack around as keepsakes for family, friends and the aforementioned dedicated hardcopy readers.
  5. Your archivist will thank you. There was a time when electronic files served as backup to the physical printout. How times have changed! These days, think of hardcopies as your archive pieces. Your physical record of a work that also exists in the virtual world. Have as many reference copies as you want, but we recommend keeping at least three or four in a safe, dry (and fireproof) place for your own records.

Have more questions about your publishing options? Outskirts Press has a team of Publishing Consultants available to provide you with a personal consultation and help you choose the publishing package and options that are right for you.


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