Today’s Writing Tip Is on E-Books

Last year, for the first time ever, electronic book sales exceeded those of books in print. Amazing, and mostly attributable to the affordability of the Kindle reader. So, if you ever wanted to write an e-book, now is the time. There are three main advantages to having your book available electronically, starting with the size of the book, and moving on to the price and waiting time for your purchase.

Not all books are 250-350 pages long. Sometimes we want to write a short book that is only 40 pages or 80 pages. This would look rather skimpy in print but it would be fine digitally.

Second, most books in print cost somewhere between $15-$20, not including shipping and handling. But e-books can sell for as little as three or four dollars. Right now my book, Be Your Own Editor, is available for $3.79 on Amazon. That’s less than most people pay for postage when they’re buying a paperback! And there’s no tax.

Third, e-books can be downloaded within minutes whereas it can take 10 days or more for Amazon to deliver a hardcopy book to your door.

All the reasons for buying e-books are good reasons for writing e-books, because they sell. And if you sell them yourself, it’s 100% profit. So, if you’ve been thinking about writing an e-book, but have been procrastinating, open up a new Word document and start today.

Sigrid Macdonald is the author of three books, including Be Your Own Editor. Buy it on Kindle at