Bloomsbury's profits have dropped so much in the past year that they're going to reprint the series with new covers. I give it 18 months before Rowling is bullied into allowing ebooks. The Guardian is reporting:
Harry Potter is getting a makeover. The boy wizard's seven adventures, penned by the world's first billionaire novelist, JK Rowling, are being given new covers by publisher Bloomsbury this summer as it looks to recapture just a little of its magic.
The absence of a new Potter book left the publisher out of pocket last year, with profits down 35%, but announcing the company's annual results, chief executive Nigel Newton said trading had been "excellent".
He added that the company, also home to chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Heston Blumenthal, was hoping to find space for digital editions of its books on Apple's new iPad, due to go on sale in the US on Saturday and in the UK a few weeks later.