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Lack of E-book for A Memory of Light

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Initial post: Jan 8, 2013, 9:53:55 AM PST
David Fuller says:
The conclusion to the 'Wheel of Time Series' (now on Amazon's hardcover best seller list) is not available in e-book format. I'm wondering what others think of this and, also, if anyone knows the reason?

I've waited for this book an incredibly long time and have replaced my hard-copies with e-books in the past year while awaiting the release of this one.

While I understand concerns about paperbacks cannibalizing the sales of the higher-margin hard covers, I cannot understand why an e-book cannot be released at the same price as the hard-cover. At least until such time as the paperback would normally be released...

I, for one, don't mind paying the 'early adopter' tax, especially when it is the 14th book of a series that I simply wish to 'finish' after so many years.

Indeed, the only other series that is just as frustrating for its lack of an 'ending' is the 'Songs of Ice and Fire' series by Martin.

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time)

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:49:33 AM PST
Captain says:
Lot of people not happy with this. My guess is that Jordan's wife is behind it with the publisher's consent obviously. She controls the situation. Sanderson's books are always available in e-format as soon as they come out so it's not him, and he's just the pinch-writer in any case. Taking it further, my guess is her motivation is ensuring physical book sales at the higher price point for a few months, as the ebook will be out three or four months later. It will be available in e-format but we have to wait. I don't like it either but at least it's finally finished. Kudos to Brandon for that and for great writing of the last three books.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 11:51:16 AM PST
April 9, 2013.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013, 12:00:17 PM PST
The last two books were released the same way. I am pretty sure I read a while back that this was a decision by the Jordan's widow to release the ebooks later. I suspect she is just old fashioned and wants readers to 'experience' real books. The publisher is being hurt the most by this. An ebook doesn't need eprinters, ewarehouses, etrucks, or any kind of emiddlemen. An ebook is moula straight into a publisher's coffers. It's hard to argue that this won't encourage piracy of the book once someone scans it and puts it out there.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013, 4:10:40 AM PST
David Fuller says:
Yes, it's already been done. With this title not being available its actually encouraging piracy in those who wouldn't normally engage in it. It's sad because everyone looses. Like I said, I can understand paying the hardcover price while the book isn't available in paperback. Unfortunately, this industry isn't learning from the music industry. Resistance is futile because the consumer has changed.
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