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An open letter to some fans and Tor


Masema

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This is something that irked me a lot so I have to get it out. I was on Barnes&Noble.com (huge American bookseller) and I searched AMoL just for the heck of it and I was shocked. There were a plethora of one star reviews. Now I haven't finished the book at the moment but I seriously doubt Brandon did that bad seeing what he did with the other two books. No, these one star ratings weren't reviews. They were complaints about the e-book release date. Seriously!!!??? You're going to insult Jim's legacy and the final piece of his masterwork by giving it a one star rating just because you're not satisfied with the release date? Are you serious? I would have a lot stronger words if I could without this blog being deleted. Giving this final book a one star rating is the equivalent of spitting on Jim's grave and giving Harriett and Brandon the finger. Shame on you. I get the point, you're angry, but that is no excuse to cast a negative light on the legacy of Robert Jordan. Look at it from the outside. You're a person who just came from seeing the Hobbit, and you saw a advertisement for AMoL. So you decide to check it out online and you see the average rating for the epic climatic finale is two stars, you're not going to want to even pick up the series if you think the ending is that bad. I'm seriously ashamed of some of these fans right now, and embarrassed that they would do that.

 

To Tor:

I seriously doubt anyone from Tor will ever read this, but here we go. Do you realize that some people live in parts of the world where it is extremely hard to come by English fiction? You do know that releasing the ebook at the same time wouldn't decrease sales, but only multiply them? Look at G.R.R.M. with "A Dance with Dragons". They released the ebook at the same time and their sales actually went up. It hit number one on both lists. You're only selling this book on one platform right now, and you're only getting so much money. Look at it from a business prospective, the more platforms you sell on, the more money you make, the more copies you sell. That's why a lot of game companies have started making their games for multiple consoles instead of being exclusive. They recognize that people have a preferred platform for receiving their entertainment. I know that in the end the decision was Harriett's and she want's to safeguard Jim's legacy, but it's my opinion that It would hit number one across the board. How could it not? Some people want to help save the environment by reducing the number of trees cut down. Some people can't get a physical copy of the book, and they have to wait another three months? Haven't they waited long enough already?

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This deserve a STANDING OVATION! Well said Masema, and I agree 100% on both accounts.

 

But also remember that Tor get alot of double sales from releasing the ebook later... Like me, who was forced to buy the hardcover to get it now, but I'm also gonna gonna buy both the ebook and the paperback when they come... So they get triple money from me <.<

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Regarding "You're going to insult Jim's legacy and the final piece of his masterwork by giving it a one star rating just because you're not satisfied with the release date? Are you serious?"

 

Yes, I 1-starred it and I was completely serious. Methods of protest are always going to be upsetting and less than perfect. The alternative is not to protest at all, which is unacceptable. Your attempt to explain things to different sides is too late. Harriet had her chance to release the ebook. She was asked nicely, and still said no. Trying to "explain" how ebooks are good, are at least non-harmful is ignorance of the fact that this was already explained, and Harriet chose to ignore it.

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Regarding "You're going to insult Jim's legacy and the final piece of his masterwork by giving it a one star rating just because you're not satisfied with the release date? Are you serious?"

 

Yes, I 1-starred it and I was completely serious. Methods of protest are always going to be upsetting and less than perfect. The alternative is not to protest at all, which is unacceptable. Your attempt to explain things to different sides is too late. Harriet had her chance to release the ebook. She was asked nicely, and still said no. Trying to "explain" how ebooks are good, are at least non-harmful is ignorance of the fact that this was already explained, and Harriet chose to ignore it.

While I respect your opinion, I have to differ. The review system is supposed to be used for actual reviews of the book, not complaints, or protests. There are plenty of ways to protest without adding a false review. Which is in fact lying by implying that you read the book and are giving an honest opinion on it. That is the purpose of the rating system, to rate the actual book.  Also, I believe I said that I knew that it was Harriett's decision. Brandon tried to explain it to her and she said no. Well, that's her right. The point I was trying to get across was my frustration about the matter.  I don't care if it's too late. I know it won't change. This is a valid form of protest. Abusing the rating system and using it to vent your frustration however, is not. 

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