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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' books are coming to e-readers

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Wimpy kids are e-book-ready!

Jeff Kinney, one of the last big holdouts among popular kids book authorsannounced this morning that books 1 through 6 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be available as e-books Oct. 30. His newest, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, will come out simultaneously in hardback and electronic version on Nov. 13, and all of the e-books will carry their own name and logo, Wimp-E-Books.

This marks a huge change for Kinney, who for a long time was against e-books. “The decision came after a lot of thought and deliberation,” Kinney said in a statement. “I am very excited about this. It feels like the time is right.”

It’s no secret the book market is changing, but many felt that children’s books weren’t as adaptable to e-readers. Kinney in particular had concerns about the illustrations that go with his stories. “I’ve been working very closely with Amazon and Apple and Barnes & Noble to make sure the books look right for the format,” said Kinney, who has over 75 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in print in 41 languages, in more than 44 countries. “It’s almost exactly like the hardcovers, if not exactly. We don’t want to distract from the humor of the books, which are very reliant on timing. If we ever do something supplemental, it will have to be something special.”

This comes after the news earlier this year that the Harry Potter books — another hold out that wasn’t available digitally until recently — can now be downloaded and read on e-readers. Do you find that your kids accessing their books electronically more often?

For more Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney on reluctant readers, gaming and working on movie versions of his books

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