Ever since the arrival of the slim and snazzy electronic book
devices, the magnates of the traditional publishing industry have
feared the worst: that precious big-name authors might sign
directly with e-book retailers, relegating the old-school
publishers as the dispensable middleman.
Let the nightmare begin. Novelist Ryu Murakami plans to release
his latest novel exclusively for digital bookworms through Apple
Inc.’s iPad ahead of the print version.
According to an update at the end of the story, Murakami doesn’t even have a deal for the hardcover rights yet. Pure digital at this point.