Update, 3:21 p.m. PT: Updated with comment from Amazon.
E-book readers who were excited about reading Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's first adult book, "The Casual Vacancy," were met with an unpleasant surprise today -- the text delivered to their e-book readers was unreadable.
A glitch on the publishing end caused the book to be viewed into two formats: oversized letters that took up the screen or tiny, illegible font, paidContent reported, which first noticed the problem on Amazon's Kindle models.
It left the eager fans who shelled out $17.99 for the e-book disappointed, and no magic wand was going to wave that away.The novel's publisher Hachette Book Group, which settled with the Department of Justice in April over allegations of e-book price fixing, confirmed the "file issue" affected all e-book readers.
Hachette said the issue's been fixed since and anyone who buys the e-book now will get a functioning file. Those who downloaded early? They'll have to wait until Amazon updates the version or try buying the book again.
An Amazon spokesperson said in an e-mail sent around 2:30 p.m. PT that the company "will make it possible for past purchases to get the updated file in the next few hours."
So much for the early bird getting the worm.