EBook copies of the new J.K. Rowling novel have failed to work in the U.S. due to a technical glitch, leaving thousands of disappointed consumers.
Whilst the critical reception of J.K. Rowling's new novel "The Casual Vacancy" may have been lukewarm, most U.S. consumers who elected for the eBook format have been unable to read their copy. This was due to a formatting problem which rendered much of the text illegible. The problem only appeared on eReaders, but not on tablets or smartphones.
Cover image of The Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling (2012)
The problem affected books downloaded from Barnes and Noble and from Amazon, where the book retailed at $17.99. The issue was first reported on the website PaidContent.
The BBC notes that glitch applied to the first few days of the book's release. The publisher Hachette have now released a corrected version. Consumers who downloaded a faulty version have been advised to contact the supplier and to download the modified version.
As the novel is published by different publishing houses in other parts of the world, consumers in other countries are not thought to have been affected.
"The Casual Vacancy" is a novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. It is her first novel published since the Harry Potter series, her first apart from that series, and her first novel for adults.