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For those who miss reading “real” books, the wait is over. Rise of the Draman is now available for purchase as a paperback! Draft2Digital is distributing the book through the following channels: Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo (including Kobo Plus), Tolino, OverDrive, Bibliotheca, Scribd, Baker & Taylor, Hoopla, Vivlio, and BorrowBox.
I’ve been working on this since last December, but the pandemic has been wreaking havoc with the printing industry and things are moving very slowly. At some point I will add most of my other books, but can’t say when. It’s an involved process to make the needed alterations to the book before I can even upload it to the printer, plus the time they need to set it up and make the title available for purchase.
Allow me to say something here about the price. By the time you figure the actual cost of printing, and then add in everybody’s cut, (plus shipping) the book is much more costly than I like. Alas, I have little control over the process, and my royalty on each one is miniscule. The truth is that print on demand books, even paperbacks, are expensive. Double thanks to those die-hard fans who purchase copies anyway!
Here are some reasons why readers still love traditional paper books:
- Better Sensory Experience — The feel of paper matters when reading a book. There is a real human experience to holding a book in hand, smelling the paper, hearing the crackle of the binding and flipping through the pages. Observing the number of pages you’ve read and the number you have left to read also plays a part in the psychological experience of reading.
- Better for children — Studies have shown that babies and children learn better with paper books. The more interaction a child has with an object, the better he or she learns. Parents and children also talk and interact less when using e-readers, compared with reading paper books.
- Better for your health — According to a Harvard Medical School study, reading a light-emitting e-book before bed hinders your ability to sleep, decreases your alertness the next morning and negatively affects your overall health. Paper books don’t create the same adverse effects. They also bring a wealth of benefits, including increased language skills, enhanced mental development and improved memory (and, no batteries required!)
- Better at conveying information — A study reported in the Guardian concluded that people using e-readers were less likely to recall events in a short story than people who read the same story in print. The research suggests that the tactile experience of using an e-reader doesn’t offer the same benefit.
Addendum – just a few days before the paperback went live, I received emails from two different readers. Both had read the eBook and wanted to know if it was available in print form. I was delighted to write back and inform them that , yes, a paper and ink version was now available. Below are snippets of the correspondence, both timely and incredibly encouraging.
Lesley – I read this book on my Kindle and want to buy a print copy for my great-nephew, but Amazon only sells the e-book. Are there any hardcover or paperback books to be found?
Alexander – UPDATE – a paperback version of Rise of the Draman is now available from multiple retailers, including Amazon!
Michael – This book should be published in print. It is perfect for upper elementary or middle school readers.
Alexander – I would love to see Rise of the Draman in the hands of young readers. A paperback version of the book is now live. Let your local library or school library know that it is available, and thanks for spreading the word!
Michael – I’ve ordered one for a Media Specialist to read and endorse, then I will encourage other media people to get it too.