Will the Kindle kill the book biz? Not likely


Going Rogue

is on track to become a best-selling book. The well-timed political memoir of controversial former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin already sits atop the best-seller lists at online book sellers Amazon.com (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS). All of those sales were actually pre-orders, as the book will not be released until November 17. Publisher HarperCollins has ordered an initial print run of 1.5 million editions. Despite heavy discounting on the title, with Amazon and Barnes & Noble slashing nearly 45 percent off the list price, Going Rogue will likely be a runaway best seller and a business success for HarperCollins.

Those hoping to purchase the book as a download on their Amazon Kindle will have to wait at least a month longer to purchase the literary stylings of the polarizing, gun-toting former vice presidential nominee. Why? To some degree, publishers are cautious of giving Amazon the same pricing and distribution power that Apple gained over the imploding music industry. But another factor likely plays even more prominently here. That is the rise of sites like Rapidshare, Filestube, MegaUpload and Hotfile. Those sites are the centers of burgeoning eBook piracy, as explained by the New York Times.