Simon & Schuster, Hachette to Delay Frontlist eBooks

In SnS.gifan article published yesterday evening, The Wall Street Journal reported that both Simon & Schuster and Hachette plan to delay the eBook release of many frontlist titles. According to the article, Simon & Schuster will hold back eBook versions of 35 of its early 2010 titles by four months, including books by Don DeLillo, Karl Rove, and Jodi Picoult.

What will be most shocking to many in the book business is a statement from Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, who told The WSJ that, “The right place for the e-book is after the hardcover but before the paperback.” This may be the first time a publishing exec has made a comment that takes a position on where eBooks belong in the pecking order of publication.

The WSJ also says that Hachette plans to delay eBook publication of the majority of its titles 3 to 4 months starting early next year. eBookNewser will be following this story as reactions come in over the course of the business day. What do you think about Reidy’s statement: should eBooks be released between the hardcover and the paperback?