A date for the release of the most eagerly awaited ebooks of them all, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, remains tantalisingly unconfirmed despite excitable reports in the Scottish media.Neil Blair, partner at the Christopher Little Agency which represents Rowling, told book trade magazine the Bookseller last year that Rowling was “actively” looking at “all the options and opportunities” that digital technology offered. But since then there has been no more news, to the frustration of the many fans of both e-reading devices and the schoolboy wizard.According to the Scotsman report, Rowling is still “actively” looking – but the author’s spokesperson insisted there was “nothing more to say”. Rowling’s print publisher Bloomsbury also said there was no announcement to be made, other than that the latest boxed set, released last autumn, was doing “incredibly well”.“They are the biggest book property of recent decades, with a legion of fans who have read them a dozen times and want to read them again in the way they want,” he said, calling the novels “seven guaranteed top-selling ebooks just waiting to happen”.
Fans are desperate to devour them in digital form, but publishers will also be eager to see whether Rowling – probably the most famous brand name author in the world – sticks with Bloomsbury to produce her ebooks, or looks to bypass them and go it alone.
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