Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Harry Potter may soon be available on e-book

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is considering releasing her uber-popular series on e-books and making a bazillion more dollars (pounds) off them.

The Associated Press reported that Rowling's London agent said earlier this week that the best-selling author is mulling over allowing fans to download the "Harry Potter" series to an electronic device.

"We are currently actively looking at all the various options for Harry Potter in this space, that is e-books," Neil Blair, of the Christopher Little Literary Agency, told the AP in an e-mail.

Rowling is one of the most famous authors who have stayed away from the e-book market, though she has allowed audiobooks. Her print books have sold in excess of 450 million worldwide, according to Blair.

In the AP article, Blair said Rowling has never spoken out against e-books — instead she been watching the developing market and waiting for the right moment to release her books in that format.

Here's a bit of sharing that generally gets me in hot water with some of my literary cohorts: I never really got into the "Harry Potter" books ... nor the "Twilight series," for that matter.

Perhaps if I read and discussed them with a child, I would find the experience worthwhile (My friend Evan and his bibliophile son Dylan did just that, adorably). But for now, I'll leave them to the young readers for whom they were intended.

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