Flash! iBooks to have Harry Potter?! (probably not)

Okay, this is probably just John Makinson, CEO of Penguin, picking a really bad example.  Harry Potter is published by Scholastic in the US and Bloomsbury in the UK…neither of which is part of Penguin, I believe.

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Makinson says:

“…the iPad, a typically alluring device, featuring a screen big enough for the comfortable reading of books, and a new iBookstore, bringing the text of Harry Potter within reach of America’s millions of iTunes users for the first time.”

Now, J.K. Rowling has famously (or infamously) declined to have her books released as  e-books.  This would be really good news.   There are many print challenged people, especially those with debilitating conditions (like muscular sclerosis) who simply found the paperbooks too heavy.  They could get audiobooks (Rowling has not blocked those), but might prefer to sight read.

I’m guessing, though, that this was simply a mistake on Makinson’s part.  That does say something, though, if it is.  The availability of Harry Potter is one of the most frequently asked questions.  John Grisham comes up quite a bit as well.

It’s interesting that a publishing CEO would make that error…unless it really is a huge revelation and the books are actually being released.

The rest of the article is worth reading: he does compare e-books to paperbacks…and that’s something that Penguin pioneered.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

3 Responses to “Flash! iBooks to have Harry Potter?! (probably not)”

  1. Gina Says:

    I doubt that the Harry Potter books will be released any time soon and that Makinson just picked something popular to make his quote have more impact.
    I really really wish that JKR would change her stance on the e-book issue though. I love those books. They mean a lot to me. To be able to have them at all times when travelling would be amazing. I already have 2 copies of each, and they are the only books that I already own in paper format that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again in e-book format whatever the price. If only JKR could realise there are thousands of people like me who love and respect her books so much that we would never consider pirating them (or any other books for that matter) and just really want them on our Kindles 🙂

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Gina!

      I agree that we won’t have any brooms landing on the e-book lawn any time soon. 😉

      It was interesting to me that if, he just picked something popular, he picked the one series that is emblematic of books being withheld from e-book form. This was a written piece, as far as I know, not an off-the-cuff comment…it suggests a certain disconnect with people who actually read e-books, if that was a slip of a choice.

      At one point, I had a relative who literally had a Harry Potter book torn into smaller pieces so that this person could hold it, due to a physical situation. I think that’s what may eventually get JKR to agree…some story about a person with a disability or temporary challenge. I understand her wanting people to have the same experience she had reading books as a child…those are important memories. However, not everyone can have that experience.

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