eBookNewser Wants to Know What YOU Think About eBook Sequencing

The big Q_mark.jpgeBook news this week was the announcement of delayed eBook releases of frontlist titles from three major publishers: Simong & Schuster, Hachette, and HarperCollins. Rumors are also spreading that other houses, like FSG, will do the same. In the first of its weekly reader polls, eBookNewser wants to know what you think about the issue.

Do eBooks belong, as Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said, between the hardcover and paperback release, or should they come out at the same time as the hardcover? Or, should publishers release enhanced eBook versions of new books–with audio, video, and interactivity–at the same time and price as hardcovers, as HarperCollins said it would do?

Underlying these questions is the deeper question of what exactly an eBook is relative to a hardcover: is an eBook, like a paperback, a cheaper version of a hardcover? Or is it something entirely different, a new format for which there is no prescident in previous publishing models? We’d love to hear your thoughts–post a comment!