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On a lighter note - Adventures in Self-Publishing: eBook or Dead Tree?

The Standards Blog - Andy Updegrove - This series highlights aspects of my experience self-publishing The Alexandria Project, available soon as an eBook and in soft and hardcover.

If you are of a certain age (and I, most regrettably, am definitely of a certain age), a book means a certain thing, and that is this: something that you can hold in your hands, keep on a shelf, pack up and carry in a box in move after move (after move, after move…), and generally treasure for life, if it’s a good read or a valued resource. Kept indoors and absent a natural disaster, it can – and does – live on for centuries, always there, patiently waiting to be discovered anew, generation after generation.

 It should therefore come as no surprise that the book I wrote last year, The Alexandria Project, will soon be available in tangible as well as eBook form. This is not to say that this makes a terrific amount of sense, viewed from any rational economic point of view. After all, it’s not likely that any bookstore will ever stock it. Moreover, because of costs of production, it’s also not likely that many people will buy it in soft cover, as compared to electronic form, let alone hardcover. 

 After all, why would they? I plan to sell the eBook for $2.99, and anyone can download free eReader software (Amazon’s Kindle, for example) to their laptop, cell phone or smartphone. At close to 300 pages, The Alexander Project will cost more than double that just to print in soft cover, before adding shipping and any profit that I might want to make on the side. So if you’re already into eBooks, which one would you likely want to buy?