I really distrust this maze of sending something to someone else care of a third party. So I’m just copying what I sent to Ms. Rowling today and storing it here for future reference. There’s not a lot that’s new here, but I figure if I’ve said it once I ought to say it again.
I’ve been instructed to address correspondence to Ms. Rowling through her publisher, which in my country is Scholastic. I therefore am addressing this email to her through your offices.
Dear Ms. Rowling:
I am a devoted fan of yours who has spent years reading, studying and enjoying your works. I have read the Harry Potter series countless times since first discovering it in the Summer of 2000. I presently own multiple copies of each volume in the series as well as multiple copies of the various ancillary works (the charities books and the collection of fairy stories.)
In 2005 I fell victim to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Since then I have become progressively disabled by this disease and several other satellite “syndromes” which go along with it. Because of this disability I have had an increasingly difficult time reading any of my beloved books. That, more than anything, has broken my heart as I’m a lifelong reader who began at the age of 2.5 and has rarely been without book in hand since.
A year ago my husband–against my long and loud protestations–bought me a Kindle. I’d railed against them for years, being firm in the belief that a book should be ink and paper and glue–or fabric and stitching if you had the money for such a lovely thing. But that Kindle, not to put too fine a point on it, has saved my sanity.
I can read books again. It’s light enough that I can hold it where my hands can’t grasp a “real” book.
Herein lies the crux of my problem… your books (which I number among my favourites and are among the works I read annually without fail) aren’t available in e-book form unless I were to steal them. Which I am not inclined to do seeing as stealing is wrong.
I would dearly love to buy these from you so that I can read them again without the Rube Goldberg arrangement of pillows and stuffed animals I have to use to get through a chapter in paperprint form. I do have them on audiobook but I’m sure you realise that listening to and reading are two distinctly different sensations and experiences. I crave READING the words and sinking into them as my eyes follow them across the page.
I’m not prejudiced anymore about whether that page is paper or electronic screen.
Please rethink your policies about releasing your wonderful works to the ebook market–if only for poor middle-aged women like me who lost much of the use of their hands at 35 but not their joy of reading and love of the written word.
Bless you for all you’ve done and brought to us!