Today is Roald Dahl Day – Good Luck Trying to Find His eBooks

I know it’s late notice, but I just found out myself. Today is the 13th of September, and it is the birthday of the late Roald Dahl. Every year for the past 6 years the 13th has been Roald Dahl Day.

Roald Dahl (1919-1990) is a quietly known author of many famous children’s books, including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and more. His books have been sold around the world and translated into many languages.

I would like to encourage you to celebrate the day by reading one of his books as an eBook, but there is a problem. Very little of his work is available in the US as eBooks, and that is a shame. They are wonderful reads, at any age.

I checked Inkmesh (an eBook search engine) and it looks like only 1 eBookstore carries his eBooks. That would be WHSmith, a UK based bookseller. It’s very likely that WHSmith doesn’t have permission to sell outside of the UK.

Update: You can also find the Dahl eBooks in the UK Kindle Store.

Second Update: Apparently you can buy the Dahl eBooks from Kobo – just not in the US.

The truly disappointing fact of this situation is that I can watch any of the movies made from Roald Dahl’s books but I cannot read the eBooks. His heirs and publisher have denied the world the true Roald Dahl experience but allowed a watered down version to be shared.