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