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Kennedy e-book release delayed ‘indefinitely’

The publisher of Sen. Ted Kennedy's highly anticipated memoir, "True Compass," which will be released next week, made a "business decision" to hold off on a digital edition of the book.
/ Source: The Associated Press

E-book fans will have to wait for a download of Sen. Ted Kennedy's memoir.

"True Compass," one of the year's most anticipated books, is scheduled to come out next week. But publisher Twelve has decided to hold off "indefinitely" on a digital edition. The head of Twelve, Jonathan Karp, said Thursday that the delay was a "business decision."

Publishers have been debating whether to release e-books at the same time as hardcovers because of concern that the digital market might cut into sales for the more expensive paper editions.

The memoir was originally scheduled for release in 2010, then advanced to September 14.

Kennedy, diagnosed last year with brain cancer, died Aug. 25 at age 77.