What’s another way e-books are better than paper books? They can be more easily policed for spoiler protection. That’s the conclusion Disney has reached concerning the novelization of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Even though the movie releases on December 17, Nasdaq reports that Disney has elected to forego the lucrative holiday gift-giving season by delaying printing of the paper-book tie-in to the forthcoming Star Wars movie until January.
Disney is concerned that there’s many a slip ‘twist printer and bookstore and demand is high enough that pre-printed copies of the novel could leak, spoiling important details for filmgoers. (And it’s a valid concern—it happened for the much-anticipated final Harry Potter book, after all.) A spokesman for publisher Del Rey notes that the publisher would have preferred to release the book simultaneously with the movie, but understands how important it is to keep the cloak of secrecy in place.
However, the e-book will come out on December 18, because e-book files don’t have to be printed and there aren’t so many opportunities for leakage—they just have to be uploaded and then they’re done. You generally can’t give them as gifts, though. But then, with a franchise as lucrative as Star Wars, the money they lose from Christmas gift-giving of the paper book might very well amount to a rounding error.
(Found via File770.)