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SimonSays Is Doing Something Right With Ebooks

Update: Since this post which was originally written in April 6, 2006, Simon & Schuster has reversed almost all the policies that made it so digitally advanced.   They no longer offer early looks at their books via digital sale.   The digital format of a print book is released late.   Further, they are pricing their digital books in excess of their comparable print versions with no direct discount from the Simon & Schuster website.

It’s sad to see in just a few years how Simon & Schuster has become less innovative and more restrictive.


Dear Simon and Schuster:

I could probably blog for a week about how major publishers are screwing up the ebook market with the draconian DRM and the ineffectual websites and the poor pre-release information, and I probably will in the future. I have to say, however, that I was THRILLED to get your newsletter today because you included a link to a book that is going to be released in paper format in a month but is currently available via ebook now! Woo woo for me. I rushed over and bought Julia London’s ebook and not because I am excited to read Julia London’s book but because I wanted to support that the fact that this idea rocks.

Go you.

Best regards,


P.S. I really appreciate you pricing all your ebooks at 40% off. That makes it much more palatable to swallow the draconian drm.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jay
    Apr 07, 2006 @ 21:08:08

    Oooh yes, that is mighty swell of them :) And I actually did want this!

    ::dashes off to acquire for oneself::

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