Are the majority of trade reviewers still on dial-up? Or are they ensconced in decaying turn of the century houses in remote areas of the globe? I did a rough calculation on how many times I could download Tolstoy's War and Peace(it's a rather large book for you young-uns) on my mobile account (I live in rural Australia, no ADSL connection.) which grants me 5 GB per month.
About 3800 times. So let's say I do some casual surfing and only use half my account for work (ie reviewing) that's 1900 copies of Toltoy's killer tome, about 19 years worth of good solid reading. So on Suchomel's comment on bandwidth I call bullshit. Roll out the gang plank.
And I wonder who's the one being sensible?
Ahhaaarr me maties!
What really stuck in my craw(yes my craw) was the second comment about reviewers as potential thieves. Those damned piratical reviewers of the South Cyber Seas. I mean seriously, you are not going to send out e-books to a reviewer because they might steal it? What, you don't have any prior established relationship with your reviewers? Your reviewers couldn't just scan the hard copy books that you send them?
Thoroughly disappointing comment from the president of an Independent Publishing Group. Speaks volumes really.
What say ye me hearties? Are ye offended as I am?