Harper-Collins, one of the largest publishing houses in the world, struck a major blow against the E-Book status quo today. SlashGear reports that they've decided to delay the digital versions of their new hardback releases for anywhere from four weeks to six months after launch. This news comes after the announcement earlier this week that Simon & Schuster and Hatchette would be doing (essentially) the same thing.Fans of E-Reading their books won't be happy with this news, but it makes perfect sense from a business standpoint. $9.99 bestsellers represent a substantial decrease in profit for these publishers. They want to capitalize on the higher cost, higher-profit hardcover sales for as long as they can. If Ebook versions are available at launch day, they can't.
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