Published On: Fri, Nov 6th, 2015

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ novel delayed to prevent spoilers

Disney and Lucasfilm is doing everything in their power to make sure Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t be spoiled before the movie starts playing the evening of December 17th.

The studios are already holding back the soundtrack until December 18th and the The Force Awakens novel adapting the film is being held from physical publication until January in order to help keep the film’s story under wraps. The e-book version of the book will still be available on December 18th. 

The Wall Street Journal has word that only the physical publication of books is being held back because it’s not as easy to control the release of pages that need to be printed and shipped in advance of the release date.

The digital version of the book is much easier to keep a secret, which is why that release date isn’t being pushed back.

David Moench of Del Rey publishing says, “We would love to release both formats of the novelization simultaneously and not miss the holidays, but we recognize the importance of protecting the story for the fans.” Fans who want the physical copy of the book will have to wait three weeks until it arrives on January 5th, 2016.

This is quite the departure from the usual release strategy for books like this, especially regarding Star Wars.

For example, the novelization of Revenge of the Sith was available in stores a whole six weeks before the movie was out. Of course, nearly everything about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a mystery.

Daisy Ridley as Rey Star Wars the force awakens poster


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