Are publishers running scared of the digital book revolution? Are they destined to make the same mistake as the music industry made with MP3?
For the second time this month, a publisher has decided to delay the electronic-book release of a major new title in hopes of maximizing hardcover sales, as the beleaguered industry works out how e-books fit into its marketing strategy.
The Harper imprint of News Corp.'s HarperCollins Publishers said Tuesday it is pushing up publication of Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," to Nov. 17 from next spring.
The publisher said it is issuing 1.5 million copies of the former Republican vice-presidential candidate's book. But the electronic edition won't be available until Dec. 26.
This is the first time Harper has withheld the e-book edition of a major title since the form began to gain popularity, due in large part to Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle e-book reader. The Kindle made its debut in November 2007.
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