Publishing Industry Responds To Digital Disruption By Delaying eBook Availability

Because publishing has historically had very high fixed costs (printing presses and distribution warehouses), the industry is threatened by lower-cost digital distribution. Simon & Schuster as well as Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group have announced that they will not publish a ebook until four months after the hardcover, positioning the ebook in-between the hardcover and paperback editions.

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