There probably aren't many pre-teens toting Sony e-book readers around, but any that are out there are out of luck if they want to download the next Harry Potter book to it. Once again, J.K. Rowling, the series' author, has nixed the idea of offering a digital version of the book, in part out of fears of piracy. Of course, the last time a Harry Potter book was released, a group of people were able to assemble a digital version of the book within 12 hours of its release. There's no doubt that the same will happen this time, meaning that avid e-book readers will have no choice but to download a pirated version. Even with this, it's hard to imagine that piracy would result in any meaningful dent in sales. The majority of readers will still want to read the physical version, and at 700 pages (or whatever it is), it's far too big for parents to print it out for their kids. Here's where we'd normally say something about how even if there were some piracy, it could help the book gain a wider audience, but since we're talking about Harry Potter, most people have probably already been exposed to the series.
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