It's no secret that many book publishers are somewhat uncomfortable
with the ebook market, fearing that it will cannibalize the existing book market, with lower expected prices or (gasp!) piracy. Still, you would think they would know better than to repeat the mistakes of other industries. Copycense
alerts us to the news that some ebook publishers are copying the movie studios with their obsession with windowed releases
and are delaying the release of ebooks
by as much as four months after the release of the hardcover book. Amazon's response to the news sums up why this is a huge mistake:
"Authors get the most publicity at launch and need to strike while the iron is hot. If readers can't get their preferred format at that moment, they may buy a different book or just not buy a book at all."
Or they might just get an unauthorized digital copy. Hard to understand businesses that think it's reasonable to not offer customers what they want (especially when they're willing to pay for it).