Over the course of the last few years, the subject of providing a physical copy (trade paperback) of an author’s work along with an ebook version has come up in conversations. Some authors, both indie and signed on with publishers, provide the two formats. Others stick with strictly ebook for a number of reasons.
Some of you know that earlier on in the series, the books were offered as a trade paperback along with an ebook. I didn’t enable Amazon’s Matchbook option as I felt that if a reader purchased either format, it was the same story. Of course, some readers prefer to hold the actual book in their hands and not access it through some kind of electronic reader.
When the physical copies were available, I was going through a company, Draft2Digital, to provide those copies. At that time, D2D, offered a much easier formatting option for the cover wrap than what Amazon offered through their wildly complicated templates. D2D also offered the ability to access secondary markets like Kobo, Diesel and 24 Symbols. If you’ve never heard of those markets, don’t feel bad, neither had I.
Draft2Digital then changed some of their distribution options and no longer provided a trade paperback service stating that Amazon had streamlined that section of their publishing service.
Truthfully, I haven’t looked into Amazon’s Createspace since that announcement was made. My initial venture into CS some years back pretty much soured me on attempting to spelunk back into that dark cavern of Amazon again.
Based on Amazon’s minimal pricing for a trade paperback, and the overall process to create a paperback, I’m not all that enthused to start the process that would allow the books to once again be offered in a physical form.
The decision to offer the series as ebook only rests on several factors.
The writing it decent to good. Some readers have mentioned epic and that’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
It’s a zombie apocalypse/horror series. While that appeals to a lot of readers, it’s not quite what some consider ‘mainstream’.
As the author to this series, I’m not well-known outside of a small circle of readers and fans who might have heard of my work or know me as the guy who hangs out on zombiefiend.com.
On a personal note, I feel that my writing is good to a point but I’m not at all comfortable financially ass-raping consumers by setting the price of a physical copy to the minimum that Amazon requires.
However, if there is enough interest generated by this topic, meaning enough of you ‘die-hard’ fans start demanding a trade paperback format, then the above decision will be reconsidered and the series might once again be released in two formats.
If you can’t wait for me to get off my ass and start the ball rolling towards the creation of a paperback format, feel free to check out this listing that was live as of 0900 9/25/2017: