Harry Potter

TuneIn offers ad-free radio, sports, and audiobooks for $8 per month

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anyone disappointed by Scribd’s recent decision to pare down its audiobook offerings might have a new solution. CNET reports that streaming radio site TuneIn is adding an $8-per-month subscription option that removes ads from 600 radio stations, adds Major League Baseball and Premier League [...]

J.K. Rowling Twitter abuse shows the dark side of Scottish nationalism

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a Scot, I’m immensely proud of the achievement of the Scottish National Party in last Thursday’s UK elections, and the new spirit abroad in Scotland. But I’m almost equally disgusted by and ashamed of its dark side, as revealed in the Twitter abuse heaped on J.K. Rowling, a [...]

Morning Links: Learning from being away from tech distractions. Where do you buy your books?

By Joanna Cabot
April 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

What I Learned From a Week Away from Tech Distractions (Lifehacker) My days are filled with emails, pings, and notifications. So much so that I forgot what it was like to be away from all of the distractions of technology I’ve grown accustomed to. *** Research: Where do You Buy Your Books? [...]

Leeds Central Library hosts Hogwarts

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

In an event that recalls the grand relocation of Beauxbatons Academy and Durmstrang Institute; at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, “Hogwarts comes to Central Library” in Leeds on February 17th, in time for the UK schools half term. “Experience something [...]

Oyster acquires Harry Potter series

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Oyster just scored a significant acquisition. It’s only a handful of books, but they involve some popular characters. Yes, Oyster has the Harry Potter series, all seven of the main books plus the three Hogwarts Library books. Their release says it’s the only subscription service to have [...]

Tor brings fantasy to Diagon Alley

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

An interesting event for British science fiction and fantasy fans is shaping up for August, courtesy of Tor UK and independent bookseller Goldsboro Books. “Fantasy in the Court,” an annual event which “celebrates Fantasy and Science Fiction and is an informal gathering for fans of [...]

Are you only as good as your last Dementor?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 25, 2014 // 3 Comments

Elsewhere, I’ve been a staunch defender of that endangered species, the snark. But there are times when you have to be thankful it’s rare. And one of them is Lynn Shepherd’s screed in the UK Huffington Post, declaring “If JK Rowling cares about writing, she should stop doing [...]

J.K. Rowling reveals her Harry Potter regret, but should she have told the world?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 5, 2014 // 11 Comments

Long after a story has been told, authors may go back and look at the finished work. Sometimes the reaction is one of the pride and peace. They can relax feeling it turned out right. But, sometimes, authors may have regrets about the choices they made for certain characters. J.K. Rowling is in the [...]

Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling is screenwriting; debunking the "showrooming" threat; more

By libertyc
September 13, 2013 // 2 Comments

Unfulfilled Promise of e-books Offers Lessons for News Organizations (Poynter) My disappointing experience offers a lesson for news organizations that are considering selling e-books because its shows how legacy media is still thinking like … legacy media. *** B&N Seeks Kid’s [...]

The ‘Cuckoo’ calls for e-books

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Laura Hazard Owen (you know, if my middle name was as cool as “Hazard,” I’d probably use it all the time too) has an article over on paidContent discussing the splash that The Cuckoo’s Calling has made unexpectedly among bookstores and and e-book stores alike. Joanna mentioned this article [...]

JK Rowling wrote a crime novel under a psuedonym

By libertyc
July 14, 2013 // 5 Comments

J.K. Rowling had a surprise for readers this weekend. She’s written a crime novel where it seems the real intrigue was the fact that she wrote “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under a pseudonym. The Sunday Times broke the story. Rowling’s authorship was revealed by The Sunday Times after it [...]

Bloomsbury hopes 21-year-old ex-intern will be next J.K. Rowling

By libertyc
July 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

How eager are publishers to find the next JK Rowling? Apparently, quite a lot. Forbes has a piece on Samantha Shannon, a previously-unpublished 21-year-old British writer, who was discovered through being an intern for a literary agent. Bloomsbury is going to publish her first book, the first in a [...]

China scolds Amazon for selling counterfeit books

By libertyc
June 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon’s gotten in a little trouble in China, it seems. The Next Web reports that China’s National Copyright Administration found 36 third party retailers and 20 catalogs featuring counterfeit books, and has demanded Amazon tighten things up. This certainly wouldn’t be the first time Amazon [...]

Pottermore's Winning Digital Publishing Strategy

By libertyc
May 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Futurebook is reporting that Pottermore, JK Rowling’s portal for all things Harry Potter, was a big winner at The Bookseller Industry Awards. As author Philip Jones explains, the thrust of the message they are hearing now is that there is no longer such a thing as ‘digital [...]

Weekend Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
December 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Harry Potter shop opens (The Guardian)  Half of Amazon’s Top-Ten Best-Selling Books of 2012 Are Erotic Romance (Digital Book World) Create Your Own Storybook App (Writer Unboxed) You Have Two, Maybe Three Years… (Publishers Weekly) Kindle Daily Deals: Crooked Letter, Crooked [...]

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