Here is my dilemma. Save up my pennies and delay my book publishing until I can do a print on demand book which includes an E- book option, or just go ahead now and do an E-book.
I am really torn because the research that I have been doing for the past few months all points to towards children preferring to read paper versus e-book. Now whether that is because their parents don't want them breaking an e reader or simply don't want the initial outlay for an e-reader, or it is easier for a child to read an actual book I don't think I will ever fully have the answer.
The trending articles at the moment point to the fact that the publishing industry has been turned on its head with e-book sales and e readers and the bottom line being much more lucrative for e-books and self publishers, but does that really take into account the children's book market.
I have been trawling through reader blogs, looking at their submission criteria for middle grade readers, and it seems that nearly every one refuses e-book submissions, and these are adults reviewing children's books. It makes me wonder what chance do I have to get children reading my e-books if adults are still reluctant to do so. Most of these blogger's are mum's or librarians, so I think they are a pretty good yard stick for what the market is doing.
I don't think it will always be this way. In a few years time I think we will have e readers in every school and there will be much cheaper, more drop friendly e readers for kids, but at the moment, I think that the print on demand book may be the only way to gain traction in the children's literature world.
So I am putting it out there to the world, parents of middle graders and children, what is the preferred. Help me solve this dilemma. Please leave me a comment at this blog, or on face book or twitter.