If you’re dealing with Hurricane Sandy right now and are without power, here’s some good news to keep your bored children amused. Tomorrow, books one through six of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be available as e-books.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the books will be trademarked as Wimp-E-Books (so clever). This comes after the series’ author Jeff Kinney put off the e-book adaptation. The series includes illustrations, and Kinney was concerned the e-book format wouldn’t do them justice, as Erin Strecker explains.
“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.
A new seventh book in the series will be released November 13 in both hardcover and digital formats.