Disney is so determined to keep the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens a secret, that it's ordered its publishing partner to delay the release of a physical book tied to the film until after Christmas. The movie will hit cinemas on 17 December, and Disney’s willing to sacrifice profits if it reduces the chance of the story being leaked.
The company has asked Penguin Random House's Del Rey Books to wait until 5 January to release the print edition of the as-yet-untitled novel. A digital version, meanwhile, will see the light of day on 18 December. Why? It’s easier to control digital files before they go on sale, whereas anybody, such as a shelf-stacker, would have total access to the contents of a physical book before it hit the market.
It's a significant move, as the people behind Star Wars would have expected to make a hell of a lot of money from book sales ahead of Christmas. Consumers shouldn't be too disappointed though. After all, there's still a hell of a lot of merchandise up for grabs, including these super-nerdy Star Wars toys. [Nasdaq]