This is what I think, the CDs were initially provided because so many elders had bootleg versions from off the net. I had several elders show me that they had the bound volumes back to 1950.
I have to admit I was envious.
But the WTS want to keep control of their product (the elders were bad doing this because it was copyrighted). So they fought fire with fire and brought out the CD.
But as a researcher, I found the 2 year gap difficult to deal with. Since the WTS is always changing their minds, the last 2 years were the most valid.
Many elders don't read any more, let alone the rank and file. But many people will read info on the computer.
As to the bound volumes, they will have those as long as the majority of the world is still behind technologically on the individual level.
I'm glad to hear and if my supplier for the 2003 is reading this, please put me on your list for the 2004 CD.
It isn't hard for the WTS to update because I'm sure that every magazine is added each month and any KMs and books are added when printed.
As to the printing facilities in Wallkill, I figure they are planning for other countries to confiscate the printing equipment and the US will be the last bastion of freedom (right)
PS most JWs don't contribute a cent for the CDs.