Would you download the new Harry Potter book?


Drmike says he found a site where you can download “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.

Would you download a possibly incomplete copy of a new book? What if it’s not as polished as the finished item? Would the glaring grammatical mistakes, and unedited paragraphs ruin the experience for you?

What about the experience of lying in bed with a good book, engrossed in it and falling asleep with the light on? Is it the same with a set of printed sheets from your computer? I think not. That scene in The Devil Wears Prada does spring to mind where the kids are reading the manuscript on the train..

Meanwhile, Scott Adams has an excellent post on copyright violation which he later explained was an experiment in “cognitive dissonance”.

If you’ve read anything about experiments to produce cognitive dissonance, you know this was the perfect setup. You can produce dissonance by putting a person in a position of doing something that is clearly opposed to his self image. Then wait for his explanation. The explanation will seem absurd to anyone who doesn’t share the dissonance. In this case the model that produced it was…

1. Good people are not criminals.
2. Criminals break laws.
3. I break copyright laws.
4. But since I know I am a good person, my reason why it’s okay to violate copyright laws is (insert something absurd).

I don’t think it worked on me because I happen to agree with him that copyright violation is theft. Previous mind experiments have however worked on me so I’m as susceptable as anyone. His underpants story was particularly absurd however, even if in keeping with his sense of humour and not at all out of place on the Dilbert blog!

Reading Harry Potter at WordCamp

21st July – the book is out and I’ve seen it. I took a picture of the last page but I don’t think anyone really wants to see it, do you? There’s Michael reading his copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows!

166 thoughts on “Would you download the new Harry Potter book?

  1. looney people go do something useful like searching the truth behind the world fights and its history

  2. Can anybody help me out? I want to download a word document of any of the Harry Potter books (preferably the 1st one)

  3. Hallo

    Can you please tell me from where I can download the Hp serioes (all) including the last one. This is my e mail id rajeevvk20 at the rate gmail.com

  4. I dont know why it is so hard too download harry potter books from the net. I am a harry potter fan and oh yes pleeeeeaaase. Send it to my mail, if possible all the series from 1-7.

  5. Go and buy the book, simple as that.
    Order off amazon. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and downloaded it ruins the experience of when you get the book in your hands and instantly are off too read it. I preordered mine, so it would come the morning it was released so I think the rest of you should go and buy it or order it rather than sitting with you eyes attached too a screen, when with a book you can carry it off and take anywere.

    1. Very true – but not if you want it for purposes other than reading – creating spin offs (for pleasure only, naturally) for example

  6. hey listen people…i have here the e-book of the 4 sequels of twilight… i can send you this e-book of twilight if and only if u have this 7 books of harry potter….

    wanna trade with….

    want to have a deal? just email me to xxxxxxx
    (Ed. removed email address)

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