Ebook readers who were excited about reading Harry Potter author JK Rowling's first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, were met with an unpleasant surprise: the text delivered to their ebook readers was unreadable.
A glitch on the publishing end caused the book to be viewed in either 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 AU$22.99 for the ebook 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 (DoJ) in April over allegations of ebook price fixing, confirmed that the "file issue" affected all ebook readers.
Hachette said that the issue has been fixed since, and anyone who buys the ebook now will get a functioning file. Those who downloaded it early will have to wait until Amazon updates the version, or try buying the book again.
An Amazon spokesperson said in an email sent at around 2.30pm 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.