13 Replies Latest reply on Apr 27, 2011 2:05 AM by MattFL

    NO HARRY POTTER ON NOOK?!?!?!?!

      I'm such a looser for Harry Potter, but I hate carrying the huge books around, which is why I got the Nook.  Turns out they don't have it.  I heard that you can download a pdf format or something, I'm not very computer savvy. Can anyone help?????

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          bklvr896

           


          HappilyMarried4 wrote:

          I'm such a looser for Harry Potter, but I hate carrying the huge books around, which is why I got the Nook.  Turns out they don't have it.  I heard that you can download a pdf format or something, I'm not very computer savvy. Can anyone help?????


           

          No one has legal eBook copies of Harry Potter in any eBook format.  The author won't allow the books to be published as eBooks at this time.  Any Harry Potter eBooks you find are going to be pirated copies and it's doubtful anyone here is going to give you advice on obtaining illegal, pirated copies.

           

          It's unfortunate, but that's the way it is right now.

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            flyingtoastr

            There are no legal Harry Potter ebooks available at this time.

             

            Rowling has stated that she doesn't think books should be read on anything but a stack of dead trees.

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                flyingtoastr wrote:

                There are no legal Harry Potter ebooks available at this time.

                 

                Rowling has stated that she doesn't think books should be read on anything but a stack of dead trees.


                So I guess she is such a purist that she uses a typewriter and paper for her books instead of a computer and wordprocessor program.

                 

                OOPs, if I had read further I would have seen the post stating she writes it long hand.

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                  flyingtoastr wrote:

                   

                   

                  Rowling has stated that she doesn't think books should be read on anything but a stack of dead trees.


                  How barnes, err, noble of her.  What a joke of a woman.  I'm surprised the publishers haven't convinced her to do otherwise.  Hell, she could single-handedly save thousands upon thousands of trees due to her influence and the popularity of her books, yet she has some nonsensical qualm over it?  Get with the times.

                   

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                    BooksOnTheKnob

                     


                    flyingtoastr wrote:

                    There are no legal Harry Potter ebooks available at this time.

                     

                    Rowling has stated that she doesn't think books should be read on anything but a stack of dead trees.


                     

                    Unless, of course, you prefer having them read to you (at great cost) or imagined and interpreted for you (soon, in 3D, but due to running out of books, now being done 1/2 book at a time) or packaged for you (in retail outlets near you) or where you can interact with them (theme parks, etc).

                     

                    Her stated reason aside, it all stems from fears of no profit in ebooks (when she first wrote HP1, the market was miniscule and many more stolen copies were traded than legal ones, for most ebooks). Now, she is stuck with her "reason" (but "softening", according to her agent/publisher, who is desparate to bring out either ebooks or iPad apps of the book, due to declining sales and overreliance on HP for their income and profit) and can "dismiss" concerns of her being profit motivated (after all, she's richer than most dirt in the UK).

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                    Up to this point, J.K. Rowling refused to have the Harry Potter books released as e-books. As recent as the end of May 2010, she had supposedly reconsidered and her publisher was looking in to it. At this point in time, there are no legal e-book versions of the Harry Potter series.

                     

                     

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                      If you have purchased the audiobooks for the HP series, you might have received the pdf files for the books, as well.   (If you didn't, perhaps you know someone who did.)  If you have access to the pdf files, you can copy them to your nook.  It works pretty well, with only a few minor glitches.  You get the same artwork that is in the books, and typically you end up with only the first letter of each chapter (in a larger font) on a page, followed by the rest of the text on the following pages.  You need to do some extra page turns, but if you enjoy the HP books as much as I do, it's a small price to pay.  (I, too, got my nook with the main intent being to get the HP books and was disappointed to find them almost unavailable.)  Oh, by the way, you'll need to put the pdf files on your nook under "My Documents" and then you can open them from there.  Good luck, fellow HP fan!

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                          Cyndi13 wrote:

                          If you have purchased the audiobooks for the HP series, you might have received the pdf files for the books, as well.   (If you didn't, perhaps you know someone who did.)  If you have access to the pdf files, you can copy them to your nook.  It works pretty well, with only a few minor glitches.  You get the same artwork that is in the books, and typically you end up with only the first letter of each chapter (in a larger font) on a page, followed by the rest of the text on the following pages.  You need to do some extra page turns, but if you enjoy the HP books as much as I do, it's a small price to pay.  (I, too, got my nook with the main intent being to get the HP books and was disappointed to find them almost unavailable.)  Oh, by the way, you'll need to put the pdf files on your nook under "My Documents" and then you can open them from there.  Good luck, fellow HP fan!


                          So, she's fine with PDF versions released with audiobooks but not the PDFs by themselves? Her principles appear to be very ... selective :smileyindifferent:. Could you please tell me where you purchased the audiobooks so I could get these legal PDFs as well? I'd be eternally grateful ...

                           

                          In any case, as amusing as I find luddite authors, I respect the fact that it is probably their irrational fear and loathing of technology (well, just the technology that was created after they got too old to get used to it - they're usually fine with TV or typewriters or indoor plumbing :smileytongue:) that helps them write such escapist fantasies so well (Rowling and especially Bradbury come to mind).

                           

                          Simply reinforces my principle of focusing on the book and ignoring the author as much as possible - it is the art that matters, never the artist.

                           

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                          JK Rowling hopefully will publish her books as ebooks soon.  It just does not make sense that she has not.

                          1.)  She would probably make more money from ebooks versus regular books since there are little to no publishing costs.

                          2.)  If she is adverse to technology, why did she allow audiobooks on CD to be created AND why did she allow a movie to be made?

                          3.) Her works are not great literature (as are some of the other authors who are against ebooks), they are just good entertainment.

                          4.)  Her pro-paper book advocacy is killing our planet, shame on you JK Rowling!

                           

                          Barring her being completely illogical, she is most likely holding out for greater demand before releasing the set as an ebook collection, maybe after the final movie.

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                            Most of my friends refuse to buy e-readers, and think I am crazy to have one. Why? Because books are stories printed on paper. Period. Probably where Ms. Rowling is coming from.

                             

                            I think most e-readers are going to have more than 50 books on them. Why spend $250 on a NC if you don't read a lot? Some will be bought as gifts and discarded, but why by an e-reader for someone who doesn't read?

                             

                            I'll probably replace my Nook in 2 years. Hell, I'll probably replace it in one year. And when I do, I'll give it to a school or an underprivileged kid. So it will continue to be good for the environment long after I move on.

                             

                            The study on how e-books compare to paper books doesn't take into account the fact that paper books result in fewer trees to process C02.

                             

                            It also doesn't factor in the environmental costs of transporting those books after they have been sold. My library will never weigh more than a pound. The library it's replacing weighs several thousand pounds, and takes a lot of trips in the car to relocate.

                             

                            And we haven't even scratched the surface of what e-books can do for us. We won't have to build large buildings to function as libraries any more. The White House alone uses 20 tons of paper every year, when it (and all federal, state, and local government agencies) could be using almost none. We won't have to print new textbooks every time the map changes, and our textbooks will never wear out and have to be replaced.

                             

                            Print is dying. Local printers all over the country are consolidating or going bankrupt. Organizations like Eco-Libris may be well intended, but what they are really saying is "Plant a tree to save the traditional publishing industry". But I don't care about the traditional publishing industry. I want the content now, I don't want the books.

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                              So I see i'm not the only one who's disappointed by this.  What do we need to do to get this on the nook?  The abilitiy to read these books again and again without having to lug those big books around would be awesome.  Even my 7 yr old wants to know why I can't get it on my nook

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                                An audio book is different from oral history in 3 ways. It's the same every time (less fungible). It has a greater degree of permanence (potentially able to be listened to after everyone on Earth is dead). And it's more easily distributed - you don't have to meet someone who knows the story to be able to hear it.The method of publication and distribution is largely identical to print books, though.

                                 

                                Movies are permanent, easily distributable plays. Plays are a cross between books for the illiterate and oral history. They can't replace print books, really. Making a book into a movie increases sales of the book. Some ideas can't be translated into a play or movie - Principia Mathematica, for example.

                                 

                                Hard drives become more permanent every day. The cost of storing an e-book is now so insignificant it's not worth calculating. Literally - calculating the cost is more expensive than storing the book. That makes distributed storage possible. Most data stored in the cloud (but not Amazon's cloud, apparently :smileyhappy:) is on 20 or so hard drives in 4 or more servers spread across 2 or 3 data centers, maybe on a couple of continents. When one of those drives fails (mean time between failures for a modern hard drive is about 67 years) it gets replaced, and solid state drives reduce even that low chance of failure. 

                                 

                                We don't have true permanence yet, but its inevitable and not far off. As indexing gets better, the odds of someone with an interest in an idea finding that idea increase, and that leads to a second copy with all of the redundancy of the first one. So pretty soon, the only ideas that get lost will be ones that are bad or that no one had any interest in. And with things like quantum storage just around the corner, eventually every idea will be stored and indexed forever.