You might not be aware of it, but all the Hilda books are available in print as well as in e-book format. The exception at this moment still is Hilda – Aiaia, book 9, as I am still awaiting the proof copy of that. (I refuse to make a book in print available unless I know it looks good.)
If all goes well, you should find all the paper versions of Hilda’s adventures by following this link. However, there seems to be a problem with this sometimes, so if the link does not work, please click your way over to http://www.lulu.com and search for ‘paul kater hilda’ (which is what the first link should do, but technology lately is more like magic than science).
When it comes to books, there is a debate over which format is more popular — e-books or print editions. What many people fail to identify is the connection between the two, as the two formats tend to influence each other. According to self-publishing company Lulu.com, the number of print titles they produced for 2011 was around 50,000, which was a 9 percent increase over the prior year. Over 115,000 new e-book titles were released during the same period, which is a 22 percent increase over the prior year. However, print books accounted for 68 percent of all book sales.
“There is certainly a wonderful increase in the production and sale of e-books,” explains Sarah Gilbert, director of sales at Lulu.com ( www.lulu.com ), a self-publishing company. “But that doesn’t mean that people have done away with print books. Not by a long shot.”
What Lulu.com has found is that each of the two types of formatting tends to help fuel the sale of the other. Those authors who publish their book in both print and e-book format tend to sell double the amount of books, because it is available in the format that the reader prefers. While someone may read an e-book and recommend it to someone else, that person may go on to buy a print version of the book, or vice versa.
Lulu.com has found that many authors offer free e-book previews of their printed work, which helps to drive the sale of print editions. Many authors did this throughout the holidays last year, and while e-book sales doubled the day after Christmas, a few days later print sales tripled.
It looks like lulu.com is out to spoil each of us, lately. They sent out another offer to get something for free. When you go to their website, and select 4 books, you get one of them for free when using a promotion code:
So, if you are interested in purchasing paper books from lulu.com, for instance some of Hilda the Wicked Witch, you can save money using the code “shamrock305eu”. Until the 15th of this month.
For the people who want to purchase one of the Hilda books in print, there is this offer. You can save 20% now, but if you are inclined to get one or more books: hurry! It’s only valid through March 7, 2012!
And here is some more news: for European people, use code SPACIOUS305EU. The one in the image is for the US, apparently. 😉