Looks like the inevitable digital rights clash between authors and publishers is unfolding before our eyes.
Things started to windup on Dec 9 when a couple of different publishing houses announced they were going to withhold publishing e-books until several months after the hardcover version had been released.
A few days ago, Stephen R. Covey said see ya to his longtime publisher Simon & Schuster and let the world know that he would had signed a three-year deal to move all of his e-book rights to Rosetta/Amazon.
Then Random House has declared they own the digital rights for all old contracts that do not specifically mention digital rights. Sounds fishy? This guy thinks so.
You can find an overview of the broader issues here.