Originally Posted by Barcey
I don't understand the downside of a paper only deal. Can someone explain? Some people prefer to read paper.
The people turning it down are the publishers,not the authors.
The publisher reps come in with low-ball offers and/or toxic contracts and the authors counter with an offer to license print rights.
When Howey negotiated a print-only deal for SILO it was assumed to be a sign of things to come. It wasn't. Publishers now run from print-only deals like vampires from full-spectrum lamps.
As is, many indies are in fact doing pbooks side-by-side with their ebooks but they are finding they serve mostly as marketing tools and holiday gift editions. Even when they get them into B&M stores (easily done these days, even without a publishing house behind you) sales are a trickle.
All signs are that print, especially at B&M, is primarily the domain of bestsellers and specialty books. No shock, really, as the price advantage of indies vanishes in the print domain and people that will risk buying a $5 ebook from an unknown are not going to risk $13 on a pbook by the same author.