For ease of reference, here is a quick comparison chart for the book formats currently available around the world. It is worth noting that while one format may currently be more popular than the other, there are pros and cons to each, and a good rule of thumb is to have options available.

Print Digital Audio
 Physical copy yes no depends
 Production cost high low depends
 Shelf life short potentially infinite potentially infinite
 Royalties very low high depends
 Risk of theft low, but possible virtually guaranteed very likely


Print is far from dead. It is, however, much more expensive to produce.


No longer an option but a must. eBooks have taken over the world.


An option not always utilized by publishers or independent authors.