I believe it is up to the publisher and what was negotiated with B&N. I've heard some publishers want to delay the ebook version for up to 6 months after the hardback is released (don't remember exactly where I heard that). I also have seen some books available for the Kindle but not for the Nook, and sometimes they show up available for the Nook a day or two after the Kindle.
Some new books I've been able to pre order for the Nook or put in me ewish list. Some future releases I've had to put in my regular book wish list, and then I just keep checking to see if the digital version becomes available.
Publishers have begun to do this delay nonsense because eBook sales are cannibalizing their print sales. They make $29.99 on a new hardcover book and only $9.99 on a bestselling eBook. It may also have to do with getting books to appear on NY Times and other bestseller lists, I do not know if they count eBooks in those counts. Either way, it is a shame. Technology is getting to the point where we shouldn't be cutting down millions of trees just because older people are reluctant to change. Yeah, it's a stereotype but there is some truth to it.
I don't get their whole issue with ebooks vs. hardbacks. If anything I see ebooks impacting on paperback sales. Of course, I'm a guy who rarely buys the hardcover edition of a book. I'd much rather spend the money for one hardback on three paperbacks (give or take) myself. So as long as the ebook comes out by the time the paperback does I guess I'm happy.
Eventually, I think it will be publishers that cave on this but it will probably take a while. The music industry wasn't too wild about digital music downloads either but they eventually bowed to the inevitable (mostly.)
Anyone have any idea how long it takes for an new release to become available as an ebook? Waiting for the James Patterson new release.
I had been watching for the release date on this one as well. I'm not sure, did you see it is now available for pre-order? Release date is May. I saw this yesterday.
I personally can play the waiting game with these authors/publishers. I refuse to spend money on a hardback now that I have my nook. I can wait for the price to come down. Since I have had my nook, I have been buying and reading other books that I would not normally buy because I am not having to pay the hardback price for them. I am finding new authors this way. And I have been a library girl for the past 2 years, so they are now actually making more money off of me with the ebooks.
Wizards of the Coast and Star Trek seem to be same day release as thier paperbook counterparts.
Star wars sucks. They still don't have books like Death Star, 501st or cross current out on e-book. It looks like a 6+ month delay.
(Yeah, I read lot's of fantasy & Sci-fi)