I have a bone to pick with publishers about eBook publishing. Something happened recently that really pissed me off. I am sure that I am not alone in being upset about the different release dates when it comes to releasing a book in electronic format verses release dates for hardcover or paperback.
The newest book in Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series was released February 23rd and I had pre-ordered it about a week before. On release day I found out that it had been pushed back a week and I was only going to be able to get it on March 2nd. When I went to the eBook online store where I bought it, I had the surprise of finding out that it had been pushed back once again to April 9th. WTF!?!?
That is so disrespectful to readers! I understand that publishers are all about the money and that whatever they can do, so that people will buy a hardcover version of a book, they will do it. I have bought a lot of hardcover versions and I don’t mind getting them when it’s a series or an author that I absolutely can’t live without.
However, it is not fair to the fans, like me who live outside of the U.S. or Canada and only have the option of getting books in English through Amazon.com, Book Depo or other websites that deliver abroad. I end up having to buy eBooks a lot of the times, because shipping is so expensive. Besides, being able to buy an eBook and download it in a couple seconds is amazingly easy.
I am an avid reader and I will not stop buying my favorite series and authors because of a crappy move like that, but I will definitely think twice before buying a debut book from a publisher that has no respect for the readers. It feels horrible to know that I bought a book weeks ago, a lot of people have had the chance to read it and I have to wait another month to get it, just because I chose to buy it in an electronic format.
I don’t get what goes through these publishers’ minds, that they think it is okay to neglect and disrespect eBook readers. Are we less important than readers that get the print copies? Is it worth it for you to stain your reputation by doing such a thing? eBooks are the future in my opinion, with Kindle, Nook and so many eReaders sweeping the nations, in a few years time I believe that it those eReaders are going to be even bigger than they are now and when that happens these publishers are going to have to eat crow and start respecting us, otherwise it’s going to be hard to keep up with the times.
What do you guys think about this? Publishers that treat eBook format releases as less important than standard releases and treat readers of eBooks as second class citizens?