If and when an eBook is released is determined by the publisher. If you look through some of the threads here, you will see that there are some issues with some publishers holding the releases of their eBooks until a few months after the release of the hardcovers.
As has been discussed (and is still being actively discussed) in many threads on this board. The release date of eBooks is in the publishers control, not B&N.
Macmillan has said they will release eBooks at the same time as the hard cover, but at a price closer to the hard cover price.
Simon and Schuster has said they will delay the eBook release to 4 months after the hard cover.
As you can see there is no standard at this time for when the eBook will be made available and at what price. Please join the discussion on these threads as another opinion/viewpoint is always welcome.
Why is it that some ebooks have the same release date as the hardcover, some are available for preorder, and some are not release until the month after the hardcover release? I bought the Nook so I would be able to get those new releases on the actual release date. Now I either have to buy the book or wait 3-4 weeks to get the ebook. It's a bit frustrating. I will admit that I am an impatient person and this may only apply to me, but when you wait forever for the next book in a series to FINALLY be released who really wants to have to wait any longer............
First of all - welcome to the forums. You will encounter people here that try to re-direct you to other threads or sections of the forum for answers. Please don't feel like you've done anything wrong by starting this thread. You may also want to read "Boycott Simon & Schuster" and the other threads about the "agency model" and Macmillan and John Sargent in this section of the forums.
Simon & Schuster and Macmillan so far have taken actions that are not friendly to the eBook consumer. S&S is delaying the eBook editions of their new releases by 4 months. Macmillan has insisted on setting the price at which all retailers sell their eBooks - Amazon and B&N will no longer be able to sell you Macmillan eBooks at $9.99 (or less) unless they have permission from Macmillan.
If you would kindly report which other publishers you find doing similar things to harm eBook customers, I would appreciate it if you would bring to my attention the name of the publisher and the book in question.
I do not completely understand the issue of the ebook not being released at the same time has the HB. Why is this any different than the fact that the PB is released months after the HB? It seems they've put the ebook in the middle, after the HB, before the PB. Some seem to think this is discriminatory to the ebook reader, but if so, isn't the policy also discriminatory to the PB reader?
Yes, I would like it released at the same time, but I don't see it as particularly pointed at the ebook reader, it's just the way they do business. I also don't think that ebooks will hurt HB sales all that much, but that's just my opinion.