Mr. Sargent just posted a long piece over on the Macmillan blog. In the post he lays out Macmillan's future plans for ebook pricing and availability. I'm going to quote the key parts here, and then a few months from now I'm going to come back to this and see if he's kept his word. From the Macmillan blog:
1. Availability. All the new adult trade books for which we have the rights to publish in e-book format will be available at the first release of the printed book. We will no longer delay the publication of e-books (read: no windowing). ...
2. Price. We will price our e-books at a wide variety of prices. In the ink-on-paper world we publish new books in different formats (hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market paperback) at prices that generally range from $35.00 to $5.99. In the digital world we will price each book individually as we do today. Generally e-book editions of hardcover new releases will be priced between $14.99 and $12.99; a few books will be priced higher and lower.
Let's hold him to his promises.