Ebooks, Publishers and Accessibility

Late last night I decided that I wanted to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Shallows (mock me now).  It was pretty late, so I just figured I would download it to my iPad through my Kindle app or iBooks.  No such luck.  As it turns out, Harry Potter is not available digitally, and yes I did check overdrive too.

This bothers me for a couple of reasons:

1.  What are the publishers waiting for?  eBooks are here to stay.  The technology works, and prevents “theft” of their property, so what’s the hold up?

2. This is also an accessibility issue.  There are people in this country, and internationally, who only have access to books through digital means.  These people are barred from reading.

3. I prefer books like Harry Potter on the iPad, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that.


I’m sorry Arthur A. Levine Books, but I will not purchase any of your books now, until you make them available in the medium I want!



Filed under digital divide, eBooks

2 responses to “Ebooks, Publishers and Accessibility

  1. From what I understand (and this is based on hearsay), it’s J.K. Rowling herself who doesn’t want to license her books to become e-books. I would imagine that the publisher would have no problem at all with being able to sell even more copies of those books.

  2. Thanks for the comment Margaret. Arthur A Levine Books, recently posted this to their website:

    “AALB ebooks! Have a new Kindle/SonyReader/Nook to play with? You can now read select titles from Arthur A. Levine Books as ebooks! Check Amazon.com or BN.com for ebook editions of some of our young adult novels, including Lips Touch, Absolutely Maybe, The Spell Book of Listen Taylor, and Click.”

    Perhaps it is both the publisher and Rowling, but it is totally not cool.

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