But not everybody I'll ever want to play with does as well.
Plus it's quite a bit cheaper - don't ask me why.
Can't agree more with Boghog: much cheaper and much less problems to get other people to play it with me
I would probably even buy the German version if it was more expensive as I much prefer playing boardgames with friends/family than alone (even though in the case of LOTR-LCG that is possible).
About the releases: Except for Khazad-Dum they were mostly on time, one adventure pack I got even earlier than the BGG crowd got it in English.