Now that I've caught up on my flist, what confuses me the most is the insistence of some people that reading the downloads somehow lessens the experience or turns you into an disgusting, deceiving slime-creature from mars.
These photos certainly weren't easy to read in parts, but just because I read it on the screen without curling up on my couch, doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading it and only did it because I wanted to be there first.
I don't intend to spoil anyone with it. I will still be giving JKR the money for the book and probably the audiobook as well [and I will be searching for a pdf of it later on too (because ctrl+f is my best friend some days)].
I don't see how this is anything but my personal decision.
Especially I don't see it as any disrespect for the author or publisher. To illustrate, selling books before the official publication date if they've already been delivered happens quite often with the less hyped English books in German bookshops (I often got my new Pratchett's one or two weeks before people in the UK). AFAIKT this isn't done out of disrespect either, but because, really, no one cares that much.
Because of the hype around HP and the spoiler-trolls I can see the need for more caution. But just because some of us want to know a few days earlier what happens, doesn't mean we want to spit on JKR, insult her publishers and refuse to talk with other fans forevermore.
For me, it's really just personal preference if you'd rather read it a bit later but at the same time as the majority of the population and be able to start debating every little thing right away, or if you want to know what happens NOW and will have to content yourself to only squee in private until the rest of the world has caught up.