J.K. Rowling has made all six Potter novels available for audio downloads.
The digital audiobooks are being released by the Random House Audio Trade Group. They can be purchased through Apple’s iTunes store, for prices ranging from $32.95 for a single book to $249 for the whole series, which, according to Random House, includes a “full color digital booklet” and “previously unreleased readings” by Rowling.
Rowling’s fantasy series, most recently “Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince,” has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide in print editions and more than 5 million as audiobooks, narrated by Grammy winner Jim Dale. But up to now the author had only permitted paper and traditional audio releases.
I think the concept of audio books in an interesting one, although I don’t think I’d ever buy one. I’m more of a real book person; I love the touch, feel and smell of the paper. When I’m reading a book, it’s personal; It’s just me and the book, no one else.
I guess it just wouldn’t feel the same hearing it being read by someone else.