Why I wrote an ebook
Most readers will agree the variety of books we can buy, borrow or lend is phenomenal. So is the choice of media – whether it is hard-copies, second hands, paperbacks or electronic books – I can read on my laptop, phone or reader.
Swapping perspectives this variety also applies to writers. We can choose traditional publishers (or hope they choose us) or do it on our own. Choosing to write an ebook only (as opposed to print+ebook) was a well thought through decision for me. Let me share with you what I struggled with.
To me, print books provide a tactile experience. Particularly travel guides (at least those I like) feature amazing photos that really make you want to pack your bags and hit the road. No doubt, having a decent sized print book would be incredibly gorgeous and flashy to have on my coffee table.
Visuals are extremely important to me. In my forthcoming travel guide Road trip Kathrin Nollek, an incredibly talented photographer and good friend of mine, has contributed a substantial amount of her work that makes the book sparkle – regardless on what type of device it’ll be read.
My main motivation for choosing e-only was a simple realisation: my book is not a coffee table kind of work, but a travel guide and there’s a huge difference between the two. While I love a pretty photo book, hand on my heart, I’m not a big fan of hardcopy travel guides and I tell you why. From experience, most of my books end up looking absolutely shocking with bent backs, frizzled pages, stains and god knows what sticking to the paper. After all, a travel guide is meant to be handled, looked at, reread and studied a million times – it’s isn’t per se supposed to be easy on the eye, but packed with valuable information.
On our road trip I have been using many different guides as functional tools. Even with novels I’ve become an absolute fan of e-readers. Handling a smaller weight without loosing any quality and accessibility of information is the main plus for me.
So, when I first had the idea of writing my own travel guide it felt like the right decision to only go with an electronic version. Luckily I found a publisher who shared my view and also loved my travel guide idea, hurray!
What do you think, do you like hardcopy travel guides or can you do without? What’s more practical? What’s more inspirational?