A rather extreme form of price/license negotiation – and very risky for the publishers
As the market quickens for e-books, the schedule for their release is slowing down.
Simon & Schuster said yesterday that the electronic editions for more than 30 works coming out in the first half of 2010 would not be available until four months after the hardcover. The books include novels by Don DeLillo and Mary Higgins Clark and a memoir by Karl Rove.
The e-book for the season’s most popular release, Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,’’ came out at the same time as the hardcover and has sold about 200,000 copies, or about 5 percent of the book’s total sales, nearly unthinkable before the rise of the Kindle and other digital devices.