Originally Posted by DiapDealer
The fact that she was even contemplating withholding the ebook for one year pretty much plants a giant, red bullsh!t flag in her "it's only because I want to make sure it hits number-one" claim. But whatever. It's her mistake to make.
Before Robert Jordan died in 2007 (conveniently two months before the original Kindle launched and brought ebooks to the mainstream), he expressed dislike about ebooks. Of course that was before ebooks really took off, and I suspect if he had stuck around for another year or two he would've changed his tune. But he didn't, and now his ideas are carved in stone, and his wife is just trying to make up some excuse that seems more palatable than "He wouldn't want you reading his book that way, so we're not going to do it."
Thankfully, this is the end. There are no more WoT books after this, so it doesn't matter. As with everything, as the previous generation passes on, the things the current generation embraces will become mainstream. It happened with rock and roll, CDs, and it's currently happening with digital models and video games (can also be applied to social constructs, like mixed-race marriage and marriage equality).
Harriet McDougal will not be relevant after this year. Buy the hardcover, wait for the ebook, or pirate it (the actual ebook that will be available in April, not just paper scans, is already out there ...), it doesn't matter. This windowing crap is on the way out.