Five Publishing Secrets

by Val Tobin

I’m one lucky indie author.

When I wrote my first novel, I spoke to already-published authors, and the advice they gave me saved me time, money, and embarrassment. I’m always happy to save time and money and relieved when I’m spared embarrassment.

The following five tips will help you release your novel to the world with less pain:

A Professional Cover that Looks Great

Some authors can create spectacular covers for their magnum opus and no one would know they did it themselves. If you’re not a graphics guru (I’m not), then hire a good cover designer. It’s worth the investment.

Before I finished my novel, I thought about a cover. That readers judge books by their covers isn’t a secret—it’s an accepted fact. The secret you might not know when you’re starting out is that your cover will also have to look great as a thumbnail. Amazon and the other retailers will take that great big gorgeous cover of yours and shrink it down to the size of a postage stamp in results lists and ads. It still must look fabulous. Does it?

Beta Readers Who are Experts

I’d heard of beta readers before, but their importance in the writing process didn’t register until I’d completed the first draft of my first novel and needed to get feedback for it. I asked friends and family to read my manuscript and tell me where I went astray. In the process, I discovered a secret: sometimes you want feedback from experts and nothing says they have to read the whole story.

In The Experiencers, which is my first novel, I have a scene where two characters undergo hypnosis. I wanted to make sure the hypnotherapist in the scene came across as credible. I contacted an expert hypnotherapist, and, rather than asking him to read the entire book, I asked him to read that one scene. He agreed, I sent him the excerpt, and he provided valuable feedback.

I’ve since asked other experts to read snippets and received valuable feedback on my stories that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten if I’d only interviewed the experts. Some of the most surprising and minuscule details catch an expert’s attention and experts can provide inside information you’d never get from a book or website on the subject.

This is one of those tips that will save you embarrassment.

Enter Tax Information Relevant to Your Country for Income Tax and the IRS

If you live in the US, you have to abide by one set of tax rules and if you’re outside the US you have to abide by another while being aware of how the IRS expects you to accomplish this. I’m in Canada, a country that has a treaty with the US and, as of this writing, I provide my Canadian tax number, and Amazon and other US retailers don’t take income tax from my earnings. You need to provide the correct tax information to any distributor you work with, such as Amazon or Smashwords, so you get all the revenues to which you’re entitled.

The secret here is to make sure you read all the information current at the time you open your account with your distributor. I distribute through Amazon and Smashwords, while some authors use Draft2Digital.

Don’t let the taxman take more of your earnings than he’s entitled to. If you’re outside the US, provide the correct information, or you’ll have a headache dealing with the IRS to get the funds released to you. The best strategy for this is to read the information on the distributor’s site when you open your account and talk to other authors in your country to see how they did it.

When I opened my Smashwords and Amazon accounts, it was more complicated. I had to request a tax number from the IRS. Thankfully, a website I found had step-by-step instructions on how to do this with the least amount of hair-tearing. It took weeks from the time I submitted my form to the IRS for me to get the documentation, and you had to be anal about the way you entered the information or they’d reject your application and you’d have to redo it. It’s much simpler now, but you still have to make sure you enter all the information exactly as they want to see it.

Don’t Publish Prematurely

You’re eager to hit publish. You’ve reviewed the manuscript countless times. Beta readers enthused about the story. What’s left? Editing and proofreading.

The secret here is to know what type of editing you need and when to get it.

I’ve read repeatedly that the biggest mistake most indies make and one that they regret the most is hitting “Publish” too soon. One way to ensure you’ve created the best product readers will love is to hire a professional editor at the correct time in the process.

If you need help with high-level developmental editing, you’d bring the editor in earlier so he/she can evaluate the story at the macro level before any line editing or proofreading is done. Line editing comes next, which will examine the style, sentence structure, word use etc. Proofreading would be done last because it’s done at the micro-level. It catches typos, spelling and punctuation errors, and grammatical errors.

Can software such as ProWritingAid and Grammarly substitute for a professional editor? In my opinion, no. They can help you clean up your manuscript before you send it to your proofreader, but such software isn’t enough to put a professional polish on your manuscript. Even those who edit for a living hire editors for their books.

You can’t edit your own work because you don’t know what you don’t know. Most of the time, your brain skims right over mistakes you’ve made because you know what you meant. A savvy editor will catch embarrassing oopsies. My editor has saved me from such mistakes more than once.

Does this mean you have to spend thousands of dollars on editing? No. When you’re on a starving-artist budget, you can find ways to cut costs or establish a payment plan for editing. I found my editors through word-of-mouth referrals from other authors or from contacts I made online and in the industry.

Since I’ve been writing nonfiction for various online magazines since 2004, I made industry contacts over the years. Other authors will often happily recommend a decent editor. Or, if you read a book that’s edited well, check the acknowledgements. Authors always thank their editor for work done, and will sometimes include contact information for that editor. I provide links to my editors’ websites because I want my editors to thrive even if it means I have to adjust my release dates to accommodate their increasingly busy schedules.

Find a Local Printer

Amazon KDP Print is a great first option for printing your paperback books. However, if you don’t live in the US, you’ll want to find a local printer. The secret is that sourcing a local printer will help you sell your books to friends and family, at events and books signings, and at public speaking engagements.

It’s taken me years to find a printer that costs me less than I’d pay by ordering from Amazon, but I’ve finally done it. I’m excited about this, because the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar sucks right now, making buying author copies from Amazon expensive, which then forces me to charge higher prices on my paperbacks just to make a dollar or two.

Some authors I know use Ingram and are happy with it while others aren’t. Search for a printer in your area. You might find you can get paperback copies of your books at a much lower price than you’d get by ordering from Amazon or Ingram. You can even save shipping costs by picking up the order yourself, and not all printers demand you buy hundreds of copies to get the unit cost down to a reasonable level.

These secrets will help you get your work out there with less stress and with a better product. I hope you have a smooth and happy publishing experience.

About Val Tobin

From Newmarket, Ontario author Val Tobin studied general arts at the University of Waterloo, then went to DeVry Toronto to get a diploma in Computer Information Systems. She worked in the computer industry as a software and web application developer for over ten years, during which she started to get serious about energy work and parapsychology.

In October 2004, Val became a certified Reiki Master/Teacher. She acquired ATP® certification in March 2008, in Kona, Hawaii from Doreen Virtue, PhD Val received a bachelor of science in parapsychic science from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in September 2010. She subsequently obtained her master’s degree in parapsychology at AIHT.

Val wrote freelance and did editing work for online tech magazine Community MX. She also wrote for Suite101 and was Topic Editor for Paganism/Wicca and Webmaster Resources at Suite. A published author, she contributed a story to Doreen Virtue’s Hay House book Angel Words. Her books are available on Smashwords, Amazon, and from other retailers in both e-book and paperback. Her newest release, The Hunted, will be available on pre-order at Amazon in August 2019.






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Five FREE Tools for New Authors

By Ronesa Aveela

When I started writing with a friend of mine a few years ago, the only authoring tool I had was Microsoft Word. The following are various tools I’ve come across since those early days. Many, if not all, have been recommended by other authors. They cover design and many other areas of the writing process. There are many more out there, but these are a few FREE ones that can get you started.

1) Let’s start with DESIGN

I’m not a designer. I create better with words than images. I’m fortunate that my writing partner is talented in this respect, and she creates wonderful images in Photoshop. But that leaves me depending on her to do any promotional ads and all design work. That’s fine for the most part: she’s artistic. However, I want to be able to create an ad now and again to post on my own social media sites. Canva allows me to do that. It isn’t as robust as Photoshop, but it has templates and images you can use for FREE. It’s a great tool to get you into the design mode.


Here’s a design I created using a Canva template:

2) Make it Stand Out in 3D

To go along with Canva, you can create a 3D version of your book cover, making it look as if it’s a printed copy or on a mobile device. This makes it more appealing. Some programs have fancy background images to go along with the book cover as well: showing your book on billboards or in a reader’s hand at the beach. The link below doesn’t offer that, but it does let you create various 3D representations of your book that you can combine with other images and designs. And it’s FREE, while you’ll have to pay for some of the more flexible programs.

DIY Book Covers:

Another one using Canva with the 3D book covers:

3) Spice up Your Book’s Look: FREE FONTS

You have plenty of fonts to choose from with your word-processing program, but sometimes you might want something a little different to fit a certain genre or mood you are trying to set. Here’s one site that offers plenty to choose from. Always check the rights usages for any fonts to make sure you can use them commercially.

1001 Fonts:



I was confused when I first heard authors talking about creating “universal book links” or UBLs. What were they? They are a single URL that contains links to all the digital resellers of your book: such as Amazon, Apple Books, B&N, Kobo, etc. Other UBLs might work with only specific online booksellers, such as Amazon. In this case, the UBL will bring the user to their country’s Amazon store and If you live in the US, it will bring you to the US store and If you live in the UK, it will bring you to the UK store.

I use the UBL creator from Books2Read since it not only lets you create UBLs to all the places your ebook is sold, it also provides you with an author page where you can organize your books.


Image source: Books2Read


This tool is useful if you’re planning on having print versions of your ebooks, and you don’t want to be tied down to selling your books through a single outlet like Amazon. If you “go wide,” you’ll want to purchase your ISBNs from the appropriate place designed by your country.

Although you don’t need an ISBN for ebooks on places like Amazon, you will need them if you plan to distribute your ebook through other sources, and you’ll need an ISBN for each separate medium you create the book in: one for an ebook, a different one for a paperback, and yet another one for hard copy, and so on. In the US, you get ISBNs from Bowker. You can find out where you can get ISBNs from other countries here:

International ISBN Agencies:
For print copies, you’ll also need a bar code. You can buy these along with your ISBNs, but I don’t recommend that. ISBNs are expensive and are cost-effective only if you buy them in batches. So if you plan to go this route, I hope you have a lot of books planned.

I use the barcode generator below. Yes, it’s free, and it works great.
Barcode generator:

And That’s a Wrap

I hope you find some of these useful. This is just a small number of tools you can use to get you started. I’ll be posting a longer list on our website, and update it as I come across new low-cost or free tools. Feel free to stop by and browse our blog and other posts any time.

Ronesa Aveela is “the creative power of two.” Two authors that is.
Nelly Tonchev, the main force and creative genius behind the work, was born in Bulgaria and moved to the US in the 1990s. She grew up with stories of wild Samodivi, Kikimora, the dragons Zmey and Lamia, Baba Yaga, and much more.

She’s a freelance artist and writer. She likes writing mystery romance inspired by legends and tales. In her free time, she paints. Her artistic interests include the female figure, Greek and Thracian mythology, folklore tales, and the natural world interpreted through her eyes. She is married and has two children.

Rebecca Carter, her writing partner was born and raised in the New England area. She has a background in writing and editing, as well as having a love of all things from different cultures.

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How to Get Your Book Printed

At Imprint Digital we use sheet-fed digital printing machines for both our text and cover printing jobs. This means we can offer our customers a wide selection of paper types for text and cover printing with consistently high quality. It also lets us offer rapid turnaround times for customers as there is little set-up time for new paper stocks. You can find out more about what book printing options we can offer by heading over to our book printing services.

Analyse books, what do you like, what do you dislike?

Want to know how to get your book printed? Well, the first step in your book printing adventure is to get a feel of what you think you would like your book printed on. It is a good idea to have a look at what books you have on your shelf, what do you like the look and feel of and if you don’t have many books on your shelf or you want to see a lot of variety then head over to your local bookshop. Spend some time looking at the books that are in the same or similar genre to your book. You may see something a bit unusual that you like or you may find that there is a set standard for your genre.

Decide on the size

There are certain set sizes for certain genres of books. You can find out more on book sizes by going to our blog post – Choosing the Right Book Size.

Decide on any colour

Now is the time to make certain if your book will have any colour images or text in your book. Depending on the genre of your book colour and/or images may not be necessary. Any colour you have in your book will raise the price per copy. If you have a lot of colour pages in your book then the price may rise significantly. Any colour pages in your book are charged at a flat rate, for example, whether you have one colour word or a full-colour picture the price will be the same.

Decide on the paper type

You should now have your text file finalised so you can decide on the paper type to use. Some genres of books will have a set style which you may have identified when you examined some books to find out what you like. For example, novels are usually printed on an offwhite bulky paper (our bookwove papers) with a matt or gloss laminated cover and non-fiction books tend to be printed on a plain white paper with a matt or gloss laminated cover.

If your book has a lot of basic colour images or text then an 80gsm or 100gsm opaque paper may be your preferred option. However, if your book has multiple high-quality colour photographs or even black and white photographs it may be better to have them printed on a coated paper. We do offer the option to have plate sections inserted into your book. This means that your book can be printed on one type of paper and then we can print certain pages on different paper stock and insert those pages into your book.

Decide on the cover type – Paperback or Hardback

We can offer various different cover styles for the paperback books we print from a standard gloss laminated cover to a cover printed duplex (both sides) on unique cover stock with wrap around flaps. Or maybe you are thinking of having your book printed as a hardback book? Again we can offer various different cover options for these; PPC (printed paper case) hardbacks or wibalin hardback books with a dust jacket.

Deciding on cover options for a hardback book can be a bit difficult as there are so many options, feel free to contact us if you want any advice. If you are undecided on a paperback or hardback you should visit our blog post – Pros & Cons of Paperbacks and Hardbacks.

PPC Matt 1

Amend spine for selected paper type and cover type

Now your paper-type has been selected and you have decided between a paperback and a hardback book it is time to amend the spine of the cover. The measurement for the spine is calculated by the thickness of the paper and the thickness of the cover stock. If you are having a hardback book then the spine will be thicker as the hardback boards are a lot thicker than your standard cover stock. You can find out how wide you need to make your spine by using our online price calculator.

Ensure cover matches book printing requirements

You will need to ensure the cover matches the full printing requirements before it is submitted to us for printing. For more information on the cover design requirements and to see our cover templates have a look at our help page – Templates. Please note that as well as the cover having 3mm of bleed if you have any images or text that bleed off the edge of the page then they will also need 3mm of bleed added.

Decide on cover lamination

The two different laminations we offer for all our books is matt and gloss lamination. You can have your book uncoated but we don’t recommend this. The cover will not have any protection and will be easily marked and damaged. Matt laminated books, at this point in time, tend to be a more popular option. Gloss lamination works well with vibrant colours and can enhance the quality of the cover. For more information on cover lamination please see our page – Laminated Books.

Submit an order form

The next step will be to submit an order for through our online price calculator. Our online price calculator is designed to be a simple process in order for you to get a cost for your book printing needs. After you have received a quote and you are happy with the price you can convert the quote to an order and send files to us via hightail.

Check the proof copy

When we receive the files we will check over your order form and make sure the files match what has been put on the order. We will check both files to make sure they match the requirements we need for printing. We do not check for any mistakes which should have been caught in the proofreading or editing stage.

After our checks have been completed we will send the book to proof. The cover and the text will get printed and we will bind up a single copy of the book to send to you. This copy may not be a laminated proof copy as our laminators can take some time to set up and prepare. It is now over to you to do your last checks and to make sure you are happy with the paper stock, cover design and cover stock. If you notice any errors with the text or cover then you can submit new files to us for printing. If you are sending new files we can do another proof copy to make sure you are 100% happy with the final product.

Time for printing

After you have approved the proof for printing it is over to us. We aim to get most books printed and bound up for dispatch within 5 working days. Hardback books can take slightly longer. We use DPD for all our UK and Europe deliveries which are tracked and usually delivered on the next working day. Worldwide deliveries are made by the courier which we deem suitable at the time of dispatch.

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A Brief History of the Printed Book


History of Book Printing

What we call a book today is very different from what our ancestors would have called a book.  The history of the printed book starts with tablets, scrolls and sheets of papyrus.  After these, we had elaborate, hand-bound and expensive books known as codices. These eventually gave way to press-printed books which lead to the mass printed books you find in bookshops all over the world.

Clay Tablets

The history of books starts with clay tablets.  These were first used in Mesopotamia in the 3rd Millennium BC.  Characters were made in moist clay via a triangular tool called a calamus. Chile, Philippines and Germany were some of the countries that used clay tablets up until the 19th Century.

Papyrus Books

Papyrus books were in the form of a scroll of several sheets pasted together which were in the region of 10 meters long or more.  The text was on one side, divided into columns and ran horizontally when the scroll was rolled out.  The title of the book on a label attached to the cylinder containing the book. The book of the Dead from the early 2nd millennium was created as a papyrus book.

Pre Columbian Codices

In Mesoamerica, codices were created. The information in these books was recorded on strips of paper, animal hides or agave fibres. They were then folded and protected by wooden covers. Many of the codices were thought to contain religious calendars, knowledge about the gods, astrological information genealogies of the rulers, cartographic information and tribute collection. Most of these codices were protected and stored in temples but many were unfortunately destroyed by the Spanish explorers.


Romans used wax-coated wooden tablets upon which they could write and erase by using a pointed stylus with a spherical end. Usually, these tablets were used for everyday purposes and for teaching writing to children.

Production of parchment began around the 3rd century BC. Parchment was made using the skins of animals. It proved to be easier to conserve over time as it was more solid.

Book production in Rome

Production of books developed in Rome around the 1st century BC with Latin literature. It was thought that the number of potential readers in Imperial Rome was roughly around 100,000. The book business extended itself through the Roman Empire thanks to the extension of the Empire.


Cai Lun in AD 105 created a sheet of paper using mulberry and other bast fibres along with fishnets, old rags, and hemp waste.  Paper used as a writing medium only became widespread by the 3rd century.

The codex replaced the scroll sometime between the 2nd and 4th centuries. Books were now a collection of sheets attached at the back instead of a continuous roll. It was now possible to access any point within the text accurately and quickly with thanks to a table of contents and indices. It was also easy to rest on a table which allows the reader to take notes while they are reading. With the codex came improved form with the separation of words, capital letters and punctuation. 1500 years after its appearance and it is still the standard form of books today.

Moveable Type Printing Press

Production of the book came into the industrial age in 1440 with the invention of the movable type printing press by Johan Fust, Peter Schoffer and Johannes Gutenberg. Books were no longer a single object reproduced or written by request but were now a publication enterprise.  The cost of producing books was lowered significantly, this, in turn, increased the distribution of books.

Book Printing in Europe

Printing presses were set up in rapid succession throughout Central and Western Europe. Barely 30 years after the publication of the 42-line Bible, the Netherlands featured printing shops in 21 cities and towns. Germany and Italy each had shops in about 40 towns at that time. by 1500, 8 million books had been produced by 1000 printing presses throughout Western Europe.  Fast forward 50 years and the city of Geneva had over 300 printing presses and booksellers alone.  By the sixteenth-century, book printing was in the order of between 150 and 200 million copies.

Book Printing in the Rest of the world

The establishment of trade links through the West and east sea routes greatly facilitated the global spread of Gutenberg-style printing. In the Americas, the first extra-European print shop was founded in Mexico City in 1544. Soon after this, a ship carrying a printing press left Portugal setting sail to Abyssinia with the purpose of helping missionary work in Abyssinia. Circumstances prevented this printing press from leaving India, and consequently, printing was initiated in the country.

North America saw the adoption of the Gutenberg printing press by Elias Boudinot a Cherokee Indian who published the tribe’s first newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, from 1828.

In the 19th century, the arrival of the Gutenberg-style press to the shores of Tahiti, Hawaii and other Pacific islands, marked the end of a global diffusion process which had begun almost 400 years earlier. At the same time, the Gutenberg printing press was already in the process of being displaced by industrial machines like the steam-powered press and the rotary press.

The introduction of steam printing presses, followed by new steam paper mills, constituted the two most major innovations. Together, they caused the price of book production to fall and the rate of book production to increase considerably.

Then we had typewriters and eventually computer-based word processors and printers which let people print and produce their own documents at home.  Among a series of developments that occurred in the 1990s, the spread of digital multimedia, which encodes texts, images, animations, and sounds in a unique and simple form was notable for the book publishing industry.



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How to Format a Book for Printing


Formatting the internal pages of your book for printing

The idea of formatting your book for print is to make it look professional and make the content of the book easy to read.  You do not want to over complicate the formatting and make the content too distracting.


Do you know what format you want your book? If not, you will need to do some research at the library or your own bookshelf. Take measurements of the sizes you feel your book would look best at and take pictures and make notes of the inside pages. If you have a look in the preliminary pages of the books you like, you may be able to find out the font and the layout the designers have used.

Size of the Book

The size of the book you decide to go with is very important. You will want it to fit in with other books in your genre on bookshelves but also stand out a little. Remember the bigger the book the more expensive the printing will be.

Basic book sizes for printing;

Fiction: 4.25″ x 6.87″, 5″ x 8″, 5.25″ x 8″, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 6″ x 9″

Novella: 5″ x 8″

Children’s: 7.5″ x 7.5″, 7″ x 10″, 10″ x 8″

Textbooks: 6″ x 9″, 7″ x 10″, 8.5″ x 11″

Non-fiction: 5.5″ x 8.5″, 6″ x 9″, 7″ x 10″

Memoir: 5.25″ x 8″, 5.5″ x 8.5″

Photography: Whatever you see fit!


The margins are how far away the text is from the edge of the paper. On average the margins for a book are between 13 to 18mm depending on the type of book. You want to make sure you have a nice space around the content but not too much so you have large blank areas. The gutter of the book normally has slightly extra margins, about 5 to 8mm.


This can be down to personal preference but you do want to have a serif font around 11pt. Take a look at some of the books you like and look in the prelims to see if they have any details on the fonts and spacing the designers have used.

Common fonts for book printing;





Minion Pro



Every book should have set styles for the title page, chapter headings, main content, page number etc. You don’t want to decide to change the font and then have to go back over 350 pages changing the fonts individually.

You will want to have set styles for the following;








When your book is laid out and finished and you decide to change the font for the text or page numbers, you will only have to change the set style and it will change all the text under that particular style.

Preliminary pages

You will want to have at least a title page, copyright page, table of contents and a preface. If you are using Microsoft Word you will be able to make an automatic table of contents that you can update automatically.

Chapter Pages

You can be a bit creative with your chapter pages depending on the genre of your book. Experiment a little and see what looks good. But remember not to overdo it and make sure it is in line with the genre of your book. Also, remember chapter pages should always be on the right-hand page of your book.

Page numbering

Many designers use roman numerals for the preliminary pages or will leave them blank. Your book should always start on page one on the right-hand side page and will leave all blank pages throughout the book with no page numbers on.



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Know the difference in book printers

When it comes to book printing a lot of people get confused or just don’t know the difference in printing types. Below we have created a slide telling you all about the book printing options available. Hopefully, it helps you choose the right book printer.

The Three Q’s

There are many things you need to know and consider when choosing your book printers, but there are three main elements that you should always take into account. They are the three Q’s:

Quantity- How many books you will be wanting to print

Quality- The type of quality you want in your book

Quickness- How quick you need the books

Remembering these three elements when looking and comparing book printers will make the process and decision making a lot easier.

Book Printers

When looking at book printers you will find that there are three different types to choose from; Print-On-Demand, Short-Run and Offset Litho. Each one has different aspects which suit certain book printing needs (we cover these in the slide below).

The Slide

In this slide we cover:

– What you need to consider when choosing a printer

– The three types of book printers and what they are

– The pros and cons of each book printing option

– What printer best suits certain book printing needs

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Are Print Books better than E-Books?

E-book resting against a stack of print books.

E-books were a serious competitor for print books back in the 00s. They were going to be the thing that killed traditional books and take the world by storm. And they did. In December 2009 E-books out sold print books on Amazon and in 2014 reached their peak. But since then, well…

E-book sales have fallen considerably whereas, print book sales are continuously rising. Figures released in early 2018 revealed that book sales have almost doubled in a decade and the book printing industry is excelling against other print industries, which is good news for us.

But why is this? We take a look at possible reasons as to why people are choosing physical books over E-Books and whether these could be the reasons as to why print book sales are soaring.

What makes Print Books better than E-books?

They feel a lot nicer. There is so much more to a book than just the content. There’s the paper type, is it rough or smooth? There’s the lamination, glossy or matt? Then there’s the thickness and weight. All of these aspects make a book, and without them, you’re left with just content. I guess you could call that an E-book? With only being presented with the content you miss the real feel of what a book should be.

They’re easily shared. Whether its food, experiences or books it’s always nice to share them with people, but when it comes to E-books it can be a little difficult. As long as you can get your head around how you can share E-Books then we’re sure it’s fine and pretty easy. Surely, nothing is easier than physically handing over the item, you want to share?

You can scribble and mark all over them. To us, there is nothing more irritating than not being able to write and draw in a book. We know that this might stress some people out but what’s a book if you can annotate in the margins, fold over the corners and highlight sentences?


Better for your health. Studies have shown that books are actually really good for you. They can increase your lifespan, reduce illness, improve your memory, reduce stress and they may even help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Also, print books are a lot better for people who read before going to bed. E-books tend to have a bright, well-lit screen which can have a negative effect on your sleep.

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Brings back memories. Have you ever been searching for something and then happen to come across a book that you forgot about? That old ‘Of Mice and Men’ book that you had to study hours on end for your literature class. The book with the sun cream stains from your holiday in France 5 years ago. Or the barely glued together book that your Grandmother gave you when you were a child. Books will always bring back memories for people.


Easier to find your place. There is nothing is worse than that dreaded gutted feeling you get when you lose your place in a book, especially in an E-book. Trying to refind your place in an E-book is nigh on impossible, and the endless button clicking that comes with it, blimey. However, with a book, you can quickly flip through the pages and find your place in a matter of minutes.

Judge how far you’ve got left. With an E-book, although it does show a percentage of what you have read and what you have left of the book, it’s nothing compared to physically feeling and seeing how many pages you have left of your book. And the satisfaction you get when you finish reading a big chunky book just feels great.

You’re supporting bookshops. For most book lovers, book shops will most definitely be one of their most favourite places to be. The knowledge, the smell, and not to mention the hoards of books that are available. Without the books and the people buying them, places like this wouldn’t exist.

Books help make a bookshelf. Taking a look at someone’s bookshelf and delving into their book collections is a great way to get an insight into what someone’s personality is going to be like. Also, let’s be honest E-books don’t make as attractive bookshelves as physical books do.


Are Print Books better than E-Books?

Don’t get us wrong there are probably many benefits in having an E-book. But with books, there are no batteries to run out and our brains can hold information a lot better from them. To us, print books are always going to outweigh E-Books, no matter what, they’re just too good.

Do you guys agree? Let us know.