Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has disappointed fans by banning any copies of
the boy wizard novels from being published online in e-book form.
The multi-millionairess' unpopular decision was sparked by the problems
caused by pirate versions of the Potter releases, which appeared on the
internet without her permission last month.
Neil Blair, a lawyer with Rowling's literary agency, explains, "This has not
been an area that we have sought to license. We monitor the internet and take
But experts are convinced the magical Potter saga would be a smash hit in
Nicholas Bogaty, director of the Open Ebook Forum, says, "I'm sure it would
be a very big book very quickly and would probably serve as a terrific
marketing vehicle to get people to buy the print book."
Barbara Marcus, president of the children's books division of Rowling's U.S.
publisher, Scholastic Inc., counters, "I don't think that there is a cool enough
or interesting enough hardware to get the kids engaged.
"One of the fantasies I had was of kids walking around, without backpacks, and
somebody would say, 'You have to read Of Mice And Men and The Red Badge of
Courage. Here are the e-books.' That fantasy hasn't happened."
Rowling's latest Harry Potter adventure, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince, is released on July 16.
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