J.K. Rowling “Actively Considering” Plans for E-Book Release of Harry Potter Series


Apr 04, 2011

Posted by John Admin

The Scotsman is today reporting a quote from J.K. Rowling’s agent, which says that the Harry Potter author is “now actively considering plans for e-book versions” of the Harry Potter books.

The article speculates that the e-book rights that would need to be purchased to make the whole series available on the iPad and Kindle could fetch up to £100m (approx $161.64m USD).

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36 Responses to J.K. Rowling “Actively Considering” Plans for E-Book Release of Harry Potter Series

Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Thats nice. But I prefer the actual books :) its just not the same reading them any other way.Avatar Imagemaxpower says: I agree, however it would be nice to have the series on my Kindle and be able to read them whenever I wanted.Avatar ImageOh Neville says: Thank heavens. I've been waiting for this. :)Avatar ImageAvanelleWood says: Yay!!! I agree that the actual books are best, but it would be so convenient to have them on my Nook.Avatar Imagezonkoltd says: Some fans couldn't wait - I've seen badly converted versions of all seven main books plus BtB available free via AndroidAvatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I prefer reading from the original books but I would like my e-reader to have the harry potter books.Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: Please do! Please! I love reading the books in true book form but it is a physical impossibility to take them with me when I travel. Before LeakyCon would be especially nice.Avatar Imagezoltan42 says: I agree with nellythemarrow regarding taking books (in general) for travel. My brother does a lot of traveling. He's long taken several books to read during the flight, downtime, etc. It's far easier to take one e-reader loaded with hundreds of books rather than a bag of books.Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: I suppose that there is a place for e-readers, especially for people with disabilities or for commuting. But for me they will never replace the physical pleasure of opening a new real book, smelling the ink, feeling the paper in my fingers, holding its heft in my lap. It's bad enough being tied to a computer for hours every day - the idea of an electronic 'book' just gives me the creeps. I plan never, ever to buy one, so real bookstores had better stay in business a whole lot longer!Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: I would enjoy them but that is really expensive considering that the Scholastic Book Clubs price for the seven book series in paperback is $43.00. I curious if the text-to-speech function would be enabled. What I would really like is something new written by Ms. Rowling!Avatar ImageAvanelleWood says: What I would really like is something new written by Ms. Rowling! Posted by Noble Birth Descending *** Yes! Totally agree!!! We need a "like" button.Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Amen to that thought about wanting more writing from JKR! Over the weekend I heard a review of 'How to Succeed' on the radio, and they mentioned that it was a really hot ticket, driven largely by HP fans wanting to see Dan Radcliffe in...anything, really. And it occurred to me that nobody is going to go broke by overestimating the unfillable hunger of Potterheads for something to help assuage the void left behind by the prospect of no more books. We'll take whatever we can get, but nothing would beat more from the pen of Harry's creator.Avatar Imagecloethebelatrixlover says: I don't like that they're being transferred to e-books... I like that they're "old-fashioned" (which is what real books are becoming now), it gives them a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about them, or a special "magic"... no pun intended ^.^Avatar ImageNorian says: When I read "Actively Considering Plans" I thought and was hoping that she was considering writing more HP books. Avatar ImagePotters_pal says: I prefer reading actual books and prefer the feel of paper as opposed to the plastic of an e-reader! Anyone agree???Avatar ImageEgor says: I definitely feel that I'm in the Harry Potter fan minority, as I prefer e-books. Oh, and Noble Birth Descending, they're not saying that the e-books would retail for that much, they're saying that the e-book rights might go for as much as $161,640,000.00 . They had the "m" on the pounds but not on the USD.Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: I think that cloethebelatrixlover is onto something. Wouldn't the Potter books actually be better on scrolls of parchment, if they feel the need to market them in a different format?Avatar Imageredtapegrrl says: HOORAY! Now can someone please suggest the books be released in ePub format and Nook too? Not all of us like that tacky Kindle or the toy iPad. I'm a "real" book lover, but really, lugging pounds of HP on vacation isn't my idea of fun.Avatar ImageMetalcutter says: I'd certainly purchase a set just for the ease and convience of always having some superb reading available:)Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: It's about freakin' time. Although I still suspect ebook editions are several years away, sadly. Assuming Rowling even decides to go with them. Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I do prefer to read from an actual book, but I have read from two e-readers. I think that its a great idea if it will help more people discover the amazing world of Harry Potter!Avatar ImageViurre says: Fans who read both physical books and ebooks would definitely want to have both formats, because it is too difficult to carry all 7 books (8+ if you count Beedle the Bard and the 2 textbooks for Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch) everywhere you go, but you can carry one Ebook reader, making it easy to refer to any of these books (or refer to more than one) on the go. Then read the paper versions at home. They ought to throw in the Lexicon by Steve Van Der Ark as well.Avatar Imagedumbledork31 says: YES!!!!!!!!!! I keep checking Amazon, hoping I missed an announcement about the HP series being release for ebooks but its not there =[[[ I hope they decide to relese them, I know buy them =]Avatar ImageMuggleNorris says: I have the entire series, in hard cover, bought on release day. I still read them often, but my hands get so cramped holding onto the four largest books. Nothing will replace my beloved bound paper books, but I really hope Jo decides to release e-book versions. I'd pay just about any price to be able to read these classics even as my hands deteriorate!Avatar ImageFiniteincantatum says: Books are much better than e-readers :)Avatar ImageImmortal Phoenix says: Harry Potter fans are just awesome, I love that so many here prefer printed books as I do, including those who want the ebooks as well. The books have been printed in such nice editions. I do understand the desire to have them in a more travel-convenient format though. Don't forget to frequent your local bookstore if you want to continue to have both, because publishers are so going to push for a total ebook takeover if they can.Avatar ImageChreechree says: I have multiple copies of all the books plus the audiobooks. Bring on the Kindle versions. I love the books, but portability is golden!Avatar ImageEurisko22 says: Oh I can't wait! I hope it happens soon because I'm going on a 16 hour flight to Hong Kong at the end of June. I really want to re-read the series before the last movie comes out, and the flights there and back would be perfect - but I just can't lug seven books with me on the trip. I love my "real" HP books - but an e-reader version is essential for travel. Great News!Avatar Imagelupinblack2001 says: I love books don't get me wrong, however this would seal the deal for me on a e reader. If this goes through I am so getting an I pad. Avatar Imageanne1 says: About time too. This should have been done much sooner. I travel a lot and it's so much more convenient to have 50 books all together on my ipod than to cart even two books around, especially books as large as the HP series.Avatar Imageanne1 says: About time too. This should have been done much sooner. I travel a lot and it's so much more convenient to have 50 books all together on my ipod than to cart even two books around, especially books as large as the HP series. Avatar Image9em says: I got a kinde for christmas and I was sooo excited to get the e-books of it an I typed in Harry potter and nothin poped up! I am excited to see if she lets em on the Kinde Store! :D!!!Avatar ImageMiss.Weasley says: Yes, you get into the whole theme more with the hard copy in your hand and since most of us are at Hogwarts we can't use all those things!Avatar ImageMiss.Weasley says: (BUT at the same time I'm all for the e-books!)Avatar ImageOldMrToad says: At last!. I've the set in English English, American English and Spanish. Now I may have them all on my Kindle as well. Life is GOOD! OMT Now if she'd just publish 'The Scottish Book' before I pass from this world...Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: That'll be so cool! I would buy a kindle. =] But, anyway, I would like J.K.Rowling to actually write something more about Harry Potter! =]

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