Robert Jordan's ‘A Memory of Light’ Number One Despite Protests
GalleyCat reported yesterday that A Memory of Light, the final installment in the late Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series Wheel of Time, debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. This despite online efforts to trash the book with one-star ratings on Amazon over a delayed eBook release.
Seriously. Though the hardcover is available now, the digital edition won't show up until April, igniting the ire of some 270 reviewers. Here's an example:
A good comparison of not publishing in eBook format is "withholding of newer drugs, by drug companies till patents of the older drugs run out". Definitely not buying the paper format. I waited patiently till January despite knowing Sanderson had finished the book back in July 2012, I can wait till April.
Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, who took over the series in 2007 at the behest of Jordan's widow Harriet McDougal, explained the digital delay:
This is not my decision or [the publisher] Tor’s decision, but Harriet’s. She is uncomfortable with eBooks. Specifically, she worries about eBooks cutting into the hardcover sales. It isn’t about money for her, as the monetary difference between the two is negligible here. It is about a worry that her husband’s legacy will be undermined if sales are split between eBooks and hardcovers, preventing the last book of the Wheel of Time from hitting number one on either list.
I don't think McDougal should worry about her late husband's legacy, and there still might be more to the story than meets the eye, but that's not the point. Digital or paper, it's just a preference. I understand that if you prefer eBooks and you don't have that option yet, some frustration may arise. Cool. Gripe a little to your friends, and then either watch the calendar pages flip until April or just read the hardcover. I'm guessing most of these one-star reviewers will probably do just that.
But, hey, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. Anyone else care to weigh in?
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