Wow... I had no idea this was going on. I can see how Kindle owners are upset and giving the one star review is a way for the publisher to maybe take notice. I can also see how the one stars are upsetting non Kindle owners. I don't know if it's the right way to protest, but I think it will get this issue noticed.
I find it more annoying when the print book (as with Samhain) is a year later than the ebook! Why not just delay the ebook until the print is ready to go? Annoying. Very.
Erastes, a lot of houses have a minimum amount of ebook sales one must make before they'll put the book into print. Not everyone is Amber Quill and releases the print two weeks after the electronic.The print for Shell-Shocked is going to be six months later than the e-book. The print for Glad Hands? Gods know
The profit margins for epubs on ebooks are huge compared to POD print versions of the same book. I'm guessing Samhain isn't being protectionist of a title's ebook sales with the delayed release so much as generating the cash flow necessary to put books into print. And I'd also guess that print takes longer than an e-release. My last book was accepted April 1 of 09, and released mid-July/09 in e. No way would the print version have been ready to go in 15 weeks. That's money in my pocket--fast--and in my publisher's pocket too.