Tor Books released A Memory of Light as a $34.99 hardcover this week, the final book in epic fantasy Wheel of Time series created by the late Robert Jordan.
The digital book will not be released until April 9th, generating a slew of angry one-star reviews on Amazon–most by people who had not read the book.
As of this writing, the book had 119 one-star reviews, most of them from readers upset about the lack of a digital book. Some of these readers threatened to seek out pirated digital editions of the book.
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[Author Brandon Sanderson explains:] This is not my decision or Tor’s decision, but Harriet’s [Jordan’s widow]. 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.
Link to the rest at GalleyCat
Below is Amazon’s summary of reviews for the book as of 5:30 EST on Thursday. Click HERE to see the current Amazon review status for the book.