It's hard to believe, but J.K. Rowling's series isn't available in e-book format yet. In order to read about Hogwarts, readers still need to go to a book store or library and procure seven big volumes.
I have the entire set on my book shelf; I bought the ones printed in the UK, since I wanted her original language. The Scholastic books are Americanized - Mum has become Mom, etc. But do you know what? When I get the money, I'll buy the entire Scholastic series too. I love JK that much.
Nothing against real, solid books. I love them. I've said it before, and I'll say it again now - there is nothing like the feel, the smell, and the aura of a new book. Or an old secondhand book. Or a library book. Fellow readers will know what I mean when I say that the experience of walking into an old library or a new bookstore and seeing all those books, all those possible worlds to explore, is pure luxury.
But let's say that I want to go to China. I'm a YA author, and I want to pack some inspiration. Am I going to fill my suitcase with JK's books? Not with present airline regulations and pricing.
I could put in The Last Good Knight by Connie J. Jasperson, or The King of Egypt by J.J. Makins, or Children of the Elementi by Ceri Clark, or - ahem - my own book, The Night Watchman Express. They are all good long reads - and they are in e-book format, which means I can have them all on my Kindle or iPad or even a laptop. And, if JK does decide to go "e," then I can have all of Harry, Hermione, and my fantasy boyfriend, Ron, as well.
It's a leap of faith to go to cyberspace with a book. There are wolves out there. I understand that the stakes are far higher for Ms Rowling than they are for my little offering. But I think that it's time.