We've never understood JK Rowling's stance against ebooks. Five years ago, we wrote about how she refused to allow ebooks
of her books because she was afraid they would get "pirated." Of course, that made no sense. By not
offering an ebook version, she actually made sure that her books were file shared even more. As we noted, even five years ago, a group of Harry Potter fans were able to scan and OCR the release of a Harry Potter book and get it online within 12 hours of its release. And by not having an official version, the only version
that fans could get electronically was the unauthorized version. Not offering an official ebook version does nothing to stop unauthorized file sharing. It only prevents you from actually getting money for sales of the official version.
This seemed obvious five years ago, so we've been perplexed that Rowling has continued to stand by
her refusal to offer ebooks. However, Copycense
alerts us to the news that Rowling is now finally considering offering ebook versions
, though it sounds like it may still be a long way off. Of course, given her misguided views on unauthorized copies, expect any official release to be locked down (not that it will stop or even slow infringing copies).