Harry Potter books will be coming to the muggle world in digital format very soon. JK Rowling – the author who has become a multi-millionaire from the sales of the seven Harry Potter series and the films based on the books is now considering their electronic distribution on Kindle and iPad.
JK Rowling with an estimated £620m fortune had earlier rejected the electronic media for fears of piracy. However with eReaders becoming more mainstream, she probably has reason to think otherwise. Ms Rowling’s spokeswoman confirmed, “The e-book format is now something that is being actively considered.”
Liz Thomson, editor of book industry website BookBrunch, said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if the rights for the e-books are sold for £100m.” Phew!
Experts believe that this move could revolutionize the world of electronic publishing, triggering rocket sales of e-book readers such as Kindle and the iPad.
Well, as to that, one can’t be sure. Admitted that the Harry Potter books became bulkier with every series and they’re hardly easy to carry around but Harry Potter lovers have already paid a good price for them and may not necessarily purchase them again just to read them on their Kindle. “Revolutionizing” I would say is an overstatement. The series is not new. It’s still exciting yes. But it’s doubtful this move will lead to a repeat of record-breaking sales.
Professor Claire Squires, director of Stirling University’s centre for international publishing and communication, said
It is akin to the Beatles allowing their music to be launched on iTunes.
Maybe so. Harry Potter is pretty much part of legend today.
If you are a collector or you haven’t already got the Harry Potter series, this is a great offer. And if you’re neither but still want the magic-filled books on your Kindle, way to go. All those exciting and heavy paperbacks in your nifty little Kindle or iPad … that’s just awesome.
[via The Scotsman]