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Why is Harper delaying the digital release of Sarah Palin book?

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So much for that e-book revolution.

For months, we've heard the same refrain: The proliferation of digital readers such as the Amazon Kindle and the iRex DR800SG will rejuvenate the ailing publishing industry. But one of the biggest books of the 2009 holiday season, Sarah Palin's “Going Rogue: An American Life,” will not hit e-readers until Dec. 26, nearly a month after the Nov. 17 publication date of the hardcover edition.

"Going Rogue," which Palin wrote with the help of World Magazine feature writer Lynn Vincent, will be the first major title published by Harper in recent years not to see a simultaneous e-book release.

"We'll see what we learn," Brian Murray, chief executive of HarperCollins Publishers, told the Wall Street Journal yesterday. "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 percent."

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