J.K. Rowling

Mike Shatzkin notices agency pricing slows e-book sales

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin has some interesting observations on the state of e-books at the moment. He seems to be coming around to some of the same observations that some of the self-publishers have had: particularly that agency pricing is considerably slowing big-five e-book [...]

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 [...]

Big Publishing big-mouth speaks on Charlie Hebdo – and it ain’t pretty

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Charlie Hebdo massacre naturally involves writers, magazines, and publishers everywhere, touching as it does on issues of free speech, free expression, and the right to publish. It also gives those same communities the chance to condemn themselves out of their own mouths. And one Big Five [...]

European Commission inquires into Amazon/Hachette dispute

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2014 // 2 Comments

European Commission anti-trust officials are looking into the ongoing contract negotiations between Amazon and Hachette, Reuters reports. EU’s Competition Commissioner told reporters that they are “trying to understand what’s going on there.” Given that one of the affected books is UK [...]

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 [...]

Lawyer who revealed Robert Galbraith as Rowling fined

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 1, 2014 // 3 Comments

Even though J.K. Rowling’s book The Cuckoo’s Calling jumped to the top of bestseller lists, the lawyer who outed the author is not enjoying the success. Lawyer Christopher Gossage revealed to his wife’s friend that author Robert Galbraith was actually Rowling, who penned the Harry Potter [...]

Morning Roundup: How can Jeff Bezos save the Washington Post?

By libertyc
August 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Amazon Releases First Portuguese Language Kindle Single (The Digital Reader)   Amazon got a lot of attention (both positive and negative) last week for their latest Kindle Single Interview featuring Barack Obama, and it looks like they’re not through. I’ve just learned that Amazon has [...]

Of literary hoaxes and accounting for publishers’ taste: Steps vs. Naked Came the Stranger

By libertyc
July 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

On CNN, Bob Greene writes an opinion column discussing the Rowling/Galbraith The Cuckoo’s Calling story, in which an unassuming mystery story turned out to be by the Harry Potter author. Greene makes the point that Rowling’s publisher accepted the book knowing that Galbraith was Rowling, but [...]

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 [...]

Pseudonym revealed? Advantage: E-books!

By libertyc
July 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

This isn’t the sort of thing that happens every day by any means, but occasionally something happens that makes a book take off fast. For example, that pseudonymous J.K. Rowling novel we mentioned earlier. I gather that its sales weren’t exactly setting the world on fire prior to The [...]

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 [...]

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here's the Answer

By libertyc
January 1, 2013 // 10 Comments

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

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