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How publishers still don’t “get it”

March 18, 2010

The third and final installment of Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium Trilogy”—The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest—will not be available for American customers until May 25 (in any edition).

However, the English translation has been available in the UK since October 2009, and will be released in paperback on April 1.

I do not doubt that there is a sound business rationale on which the publisher has based their decision on delaying the U.S. release.  But in this fairly old internet age, surely they had to consider the feebleness of keeping such a highly anticipated novel from the world’s largest economy for 8 months?

  • Charge $14 in October 2009 to Kindle U.S. readers, and you have the #1 selling Kindle book through Christmas.
  • Keep the novel from your customers until May 2010, and you will be hit, and hit hard, by piracy.

Well, it’s out there folks—in whatever format you desire (mobi, epub, lit, html, doc, pdf, lrf).  I would advice the publisher to make a serious decision since, unlike a movie that is hit by an early pirated workprint, they presumably have the power to release the digital eBook edition whenever they like.

This is certainly similar to publishers’ decisions to delay releasing eBook editions several months after the hardback release.  Anyone with a autofeeder scanner and OCR-software can digitize your book in an hour (and the pirates seem to have a certain fondness for books that delay eBook editions).

I will certainly not link to the pirated eBook (even though it will be easily found in the coming days by even a rudimentary Google search), but will post a link to the first chapter—consider this your Amazon sample:

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Chapter 1 – mobi)

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