Given the crazy level of security around the release of hard copies of the latest Harry Potter book and the ruthless efficiency of the distribution of previous installments, it's hardly surprising to hear that the books' author and publishers won't allow e-books to be made. But their resistance -- on concerns that it would be "pirated" or simple disinterest -- didn't stop a band of people from around the world from making their own e-book version within 12 hours of the hardcopy release by coordinating their efforts over IRC channelsto scan in the books and used OCR software to spit out a DRM-free electronic copy. So, as Boing Boing points out, people that want to buy the e-book can't, but they can go find the DIY version and get it for free. So, for all the talk that a Harry Potter e-book wouldn't sell well because it's a kid's book, it would seem that this global, coordinated effort would prove a market for it exists.
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