There’s been some interesting news lately concerning J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter. First of all, is that Rowling is selling her own books. Yes, she will now be self publishing her books and selling them not through Amazon, but on her own website.
The article I found this on, the writer thinks that this is an illogical step on Rowling’s part. I say, why? I think it’s fine of her! Like the article’s writer says, Rowling will probably make a lot of money herself since there are tons of people who know who she is and love the Harry Potter books.
So, good for Rowling to try something new besides traditional publishers and take a stand for the self publishing business. Besides, this way she’ll keep all the money since she won’t have to pay a publisher or anything like that.
In other Harry Potter news, the Harry Potter books will be coming out as ebooks in October. What does this mean for Harry Potter fans? Well, it might attract new readers for those who love to use devices like the Kindle and the Nook.
While Rowling does not intend to write another Harry Potter book, the ebooks will be available in several languages on her new interactive site, Pottermore which opens to the public in October. These ebooks will be able to be downloaded onto all major ebook readers. Rowling hopes to encourage more readers this way and with her new Pottermore site.
There are around 18,000 words of new material in the form of background on characters' lives, for example, and the history of the houses at Hogwarts school.
The free site allows visitors to become part of the stories by going through the Sorting Hat process, for example, or visiting Diagon Alley to buy anything from wands to potions to help them navigate the magical and "muggle" worlds.
The site only covers the first novel "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone," and the remaining books will be added over time. The storyline of the second book will go live in early 2012.
Rowling said she had been working on the project for around two years.
The site opens for registration on July 31, the fictional Harry Potter's birthday, and the first million people to register will get early access to the website and the chance to help put the final touches to the experience.
The article for this news reports that Rowling might consider publishing an encyclopedia on Harry Potter’s world. Would I buy it? Sure, I love getting encyclopedias on fictional worlds. Rowling says that if there is one all the money would go to charity.
The site will open to all users in October.
Well I say, good for Rowling! It sounds like she’s been busy and will continue to stay busy in not only her reader’s lives but in the publishing industry as well. All I can say is that I hope that she has good luck with
everything she’s doing.
So my readers, what do you think about this? Would you go and buy Rowling’s new self published books or buy a Harry Potter ebook? Are you excited for the new Pottermore site?
Link to the ebook and Pottermore article: Pottermore and Ebooks
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