Charlie Redmayne steps down as Pottermore CEO to become HarperCollins CEO

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

On paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that Charlie Redmayne has just boarded the Hogwarts Express to take him back to the land of the muggles. He’s stepping down as CEO of Pottermore and taking the CEO helm of HarperCollins. Prior to helping found Pottermore in 2011, Redmayne was EVP and [...]

Pottermore adds e-book gifting, Tales of Beedle the Bard

By Chris Meadows
November 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Just in time for the holiday season, the Pottermore e-book shop has added gifting options for Harry Potter e-books and audiobooks. The gift e-books or audiobooks can be bought any time from up to six months in advance through the day on which they should be delivered. The books may be downloaded up [...]

Books4Spain founder predicts end of most e-book DRM within 2 years

By Chris Meadows
July 9, 2012 // 1 Comment

On Publishing Perspectives, Rod Younger of European e-book store Books4Spain had a guest column a few days ago discussing what might become of DRM. Younger discusses difficulties in e-book distribution (wanting to carry a book from a publisher not currently available through the distributor his [...]

Sony e-reader sells 500,000 units in Europe

By Chris Meadows
May 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

French book news site ActuaLitté reports (in French) that Sony’s PRS T1 149-Euro touchscreen e-reader has sold over 500,000 units in Europe—reportedly not far behind the sales of Amazon’s Kindle. It’s a little tricky to make sense of the Google-translated text, but ActuaLitté seems to [...]

Kobo begins selling Harry Potter e-books through Pottermore

By Chris Meadows
May 17, 2012 // 1 Comment

Kobo has joined Amazon and Barnes & Noble on the Hogwarts Express. The Bookseller reports that Kobo has launched its own Harry Potter e-book store. As with the others, it redirects customers to Pottermore to make the actual purchase, then allows them to link their Kobo and Pottermore accounts [...]

Pottermore CEO discusses Amazon lending deal

By Chris Meadows
May 10, 2012 // 1 Comment

paidContent has talked to Charlie Redmayne, the CEO of Pottermore, about the deal Amazon announced to add the Harry Potter titles to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, the program that lets Prime-subscribing Kindle owners check out one e-book per month for free. Redmayne admits that the deal may [...]

Pottermore opens to the public

By Chris Meadows
April 15, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Bookseller reports that, after a closed beta that lasted a lot longer than originally promised, the Pottermore website based around the Harry Potter books has finally fully opened to the public. The site began taking on new users very early Saturday morning, intentionally opening at a time of [...]

Potter (sells) more: £1 million of e-books sold in 3 days, says CEO Redmayne

By Chris Meadows
April 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Wonder how well the Harry Potter e-books are selling? PaidContent reports that it could have been tricky to figure out, given that the books will not appear on the e-book bestseller lists of any of the e-book stores that are working in conjunction with Pottermore to sell it. However, Pottermore CEO [...]

Harry Potter e-book reaction roundup

By Chris Meadows
March 28, 2012 // 9 Comments

Well, the Harry Potter e-books are out, and they’re making a splash. There are a number of reactions being reported on the web to various aspects of the announcement, and it interests me to look at some of them. For starters, Tim Carmody at Wired calls attention to the fact that Amazon and Barnes [...]

Pottermore surveys Potter fans on e-book and audiobook issues

By Chris Meadows
December 17, 2011 // 8 Comments

Pottermore has a 17-question survey for Harry Potter fans, asking about what Potter books they’ve read and own, what e-readers they use, and how interested they would be in buying Harry Potter e-books and audiobooks. As Laura Hazard Owen notes at PaidContent, one of the questions asks what could [...]

OverDrive CEO drops hint that Kindle library lending launches in September

By Chris Walters
August 2, 2011 // 1 Comment

When Amazon promised to introduce its Kindle format to public libraries earlier this year, the company would only say that it would come before the end of 2011. There’s still been no official announcement, but now OverDrive’s own CEO Steve Potash has dropped a not-too-subtle hint that [...]

Pottermore partnering with Google Books for U.S. sales

By Chris Walters
July 20, 2011 // 3 Comments

Update 21 July 2011: It appears that Google Books is not going to be the only partner for U.S. ebook sales, but rather one partner among others. Original post follows. A new blog post from Google today says that the company will be handling J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore.com ebook sales for U.S. [...]

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