So absurd - but since I'm overseas, I have no choice but to wait for the kindle edition. I fail to understand why they're delaying it 3+ months. The last gasp for money and trying to force everyone to buy the hardcover? Really disappointing.
Thanks for the reply Robert. By "more durable" I mean as in the case of a computer crash or some such. I had this unfortunate experience a few years ago on my XP machine, and not only lost important documents, but many irreplaceable photos. I have since upgraded to a more modern machine with W7 and back everything up, but remain a little gun-shy trusting electronic storage. I don't own a kindle as such, but I did download the kindle for PC, just to see if I like it... it's ok I guess, and sooner or later I will get a kindle machine, however, I will always have a hard cover version in the bookshelf, being of the "old school" mindset myself. Yay Harriet.
Welcome to 2012 where a computer crash does not in fact mean the loss of an ebook. . .You're an amazon customer and never bothered to check your account? there is a digital purchases section. If you lose it or delete just download it again.
Well it's great to know Amazon e-books has so many staunch advocates. However some subscribers are nowhere near as learned as K.R. Congratulations on your e-awareness, you're a towering role model for some lesser intellects. But like all role models, the imperfection of humanity occasionally manifests, and this time K.R. erred in assuming one never bothers to check one's account. Talking down to devotees can often produce a negative emotional reaction - mea culpa - to hell with e-books, I'm staying with paper. Thanks to K.R., one's stupidity becomes self-evident, raising issues of self-worth, thus one loses any motivation to embrace the new technology. Better K.R. stays with preaching to the converted, avoiding dullards such as yours truly... perhaps Amazon forums are beneath the learned contributor.
Well, Matrim, allow me to display the features of the wonder that is Kindle a bit more kindly.... Not only are you able to keep an "online backup" via your account (check the "Manage Your Kindle" link on the dropdown titled "your account" at the top right), you can also download the e-book on ANY Kindle-capable device. This includes pretty much every iPod, iPad, non-Apple tablet, smartphone, and any desktop or laptop computer that can download Kindle e-reader programs. In addition to this, should you find that one device is more suitable than another for any particular situation, such as being on-the-go or relaxing in front of the fire, amazon has a feature called "whisper sync" that allows ALL of your Kindle-capable devices to synchronize your progress. This is, I believe, automatically enabled, and can be controlled from the same "Manage Your Kindle" page should you decide that you do or do not need to synchronize your book locations. Not to mention the fact that the Kindle app has handy features such as a readily-accessible dictionary, a phrase-search capability that searches Wikipedia and Google, a recently-added function that allows you to search for "universe specific" terms and phrases (see: Myrddraal, etc), highlighting and bookmarking ability for quotes you find meaningful or important, and the ability to place personalized, easily-referenced notes near phrases that you feel need your own amplifications. This last function is particularly useful for study material and for writing references in case you find yourself drafting essays about whatever it is you might be reading.
In regards to Bibliophile, I'm as disappointed as you are that I would have to wait until April to get the e-book edition, as it's fairly clear that I vastly prefer the e-book. That being said... being overseas has by no means stopped me from pre-ordering the hardcover. One way or another, I WILL be racing through this long-awaited conclusion. :)
Any delay in ebook release is 100% due to insistance of Harriet McDougal (RJ's widow and heir). I remember Brandon saying that he loves ebooks and is convinced its the future but Harriet never trusted digital format and originally just wanted Hardcopy then he (and Tor publishers) convinced her and for Towers of Midnight ebook was released "just" 12mths after hardcopy (which Brandon said was major concession from her). Now her explains her reasoning is that bestseller lists at NYTimes which apparently count only hardcopies not digital sales in rating bestseller lists sales. (at least they so around the Towers of Midnight release). I was actually pleasantly surprised with only 4 months delay in ebook release, it probably taken a lot from Brandon and Tor publishers to get her to agree to that!
I am simply going to say this. The reason e-book sales are left off is that previous to 2011, the number one bestseller list in the world, the New York Times Best Seller List refused to count e-book sales as part of the total sales figures for fiction books. When Towers of Midnight was published in 2010 that was probably why they delayed the e-book version. This book though, I have no idea why they are doing it.