Publishing a paper book, for example, requires paper, publishing an ebook usually requires an online store. Both require one or more writer(s). What are the (other) commonalities and differences in the publishing process (including especially those elements which influences the price)?
actually also publishing a paper book requires a store :-)
Off the top of my head, here there are some differences:
- An ebook has no hard constraints in length: there is more freedom in deciding how long it would be.
- Since an ebook is not printed, there is no minimum number of copies to prepare. Note that printing technologies differ wildly according to the number of copies printed; this means that you have to plan in advance the size of the run.
- With an ebook you don't need place to store the printed copies.
- An ebook is easier to search in for a specific passage.
On the other side:
- With a paper book you have full control of the positioning of text in your pages. (True, if you publish your ebook as a pdf you would have the same control, but usually this defeats the advantages of having an ebook)
- (for non-fiction) A paper book is easier to browse and to bookmark.