Harper holds back Palin e-book release

<p>For the second time this month, a publisher has decided to delay the electronic-book release of a major new title in hopes of maximizing hardcover sales, as the beleaguered industry works out how e-books fit into its marketing strategy, reports the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>.</p><p>HarperCollins said it was pushing up publication of Sarah Palin&#39;s memoir <em>Going Rogue: An American Life</em> to 17th November from next spring. The publisher said it was issuing 1.5 million copies of the former Republican vice-presidential candidate&#39;s book, which is priced at $28.99. But the electronic edition won&#39;t be available until 26th December.</p><p>This is the first time Harper has withheld the e-book edition of a major title since the form began to gain popularity. Brian Murray, chief executive of HarperCollins Publishers, told the newspaper. &quot;The publishing plan is focused on maximizing velocity of the hardcover before Christmas, at a time when hardcover sales in the industry are down 15%.&quot;<br /><br />Earlier this month Hachette delayed the e-book release of Edward M. Kennedy&#39;s memoir, <em>True Compass</em>, citing&nbsp; hardback protectionism. <br /><br /><br /></p>