For those of you who haven't heard, several major publishers have chosen to delay certain electronic versions of their books for four months after the release of the hard copy. FOUR MONTHS. They think this will help them sell more physical books. It might; for books that are highly anticipated and people can't wait for them. But in the long run, I think it's going to hurt authors.
The thing is, publicity is done based on the release date of a book. So unless publishers are willing to do a second publicity push when the electronic version is launched (which I'm pretty sure they aren't), no one will have heard anything about the book for three months when it's released.
Not to mention that the whole thing will probably just piss people off, which will both give people 'justification' for pirating e-books and encourage people to buy books from other publishers.
I believe there are far better options than this, as many people have proposed. Some of which include:
- Bundling e-books with hard copies.
- Releasing them after hard copies, but only two or three weeks.
- Man up and accept that E-books are happening, whether you like it or not.
Just my thoughts. What are yours?