Follow us on

Posts tagged Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling Twitter abuse shows the dark side of Scottish nationalism
May 11, 2015 | 6:25 pm

jk rowling stop writingAs 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 very well-known unionist, post the election result. That's one of the few things that could tarnish the victory for me. I won't dignify the tweeters themselves by repeating their slurs, but anyone who wants a representative sample can just search Twitter under @jk_rowling, or check some out here. Suffice it to say that the...

Morning Links: Learning from being away from tech distractions. Where do you buy your books?
April 14, 2015 | 9:00 am

book buyingWhat 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? (GoodeReader) There are hundreds of digital bookstores all over the world and the purpose of our research is to determine the most popular. Over the course of the last two weeks 364 people cast their vote and today we would like to share our results. *** Series Romance: The Long Goodbye (Dear Author) One...

Leeds Central Library hosts Hogwarts
February 17, 2015 | 10:25 am

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 magical at Central Library this half term," says the announcement. "Join us for a Harry Potter themed afternoon where you will take a trip around this historical building and explore its creepy corridors. Learn to brew potions and play Quidditch with some very special guests." Leeds Central Library, with its Grade II listed building status and late...

Oyster acquires Harry Potter series
January 28, 2015 | 8:00 am

Oyster acquires Harry PotterOyster 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 all the books, and that's true if you are talking about the Library books. The seven main books are available through Kindle Unlimited, although the Library books are not. In honor of the occasion, Oyster had added four new themes, one for each of the Hogwarts Houses. You can select your House or tap on...

Tor brings fantasy to Diagon Alley
June 25, 2014 | 2:22 pm

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 this genre to meet the best fantasy and science fiction writers published today," and which will take place on August 12th in London's Cecil Court, long cited as the inspiration for Harry Potter's Diagon Alley. Already 38 authors are listed as due to attend, with more to be announced before the event date. Blogging about the...

Are you only as good as your last Dementor?
February 25, 2014 | 5:18 pm

dementorElsewhere, 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 it." Lynn Shepherd is not exactly an unknown writer. As her own website explains, her novel A Fatal Likeness, on the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, is "One of Kirkus Reviews' 100 Best Fiction Books for 2013, and a BBC History magazine historical novel of the year." But she does seem to begrudge...

J.K. Rowling reveals her Harry Potter regret, but should she have told the world?
February 5, 2014 | 2:19 pm

j.k. rowling harry potterLong 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 news again after she told British fashion magazine Wonderland that Hermione Granger should have ended up with Harry Potter and not Ron Weasley. “I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” Rowling told the magazine (She was being interviewed by actress Emma Watson). “That’s how it...

Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling is screenwriting; debunking the “showrooming” threat; more
September 13, 2013 | 8:48 am

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 Nominations for 'My Favourite Teacher' Contest (GalleyCat) Middle school and high school students can nominate their teacher the My Favorite Teacher Contest at Barnes & Noble. *** Showrooming Doesn't Mean the End of Brick and Mortar Retail (GigaOM) A new study aims to bust a few assumptions surrounding the threat of “showrooming” and the challenges faced by traditional retailers in responding to mobile shoppers. *** JK Rowling to Write...

The ‘Cuckoo’ calls for e-books
July 18, 2013 | 8:12 pm

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 earlier, but missed the most exciting part: This is freaking out bricks-and-mortar booksellers who fear that by the time that they finally get print copies in, everyone will already have read it on Kindle. The New York Times quotes one store owner: “People who can’t get it...

JK Rowling wrote a crime novel under a psuedonym
July 14, 2013 | 5:42 pm

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 investigated how a first-time author “with a background in the army and the civilian security industry” could write such an assured debut novel. "The Cuckoo’s Calling" came out in April to good reviews, although according to a report in The Telegraph, Neilsen Bookscan figures suggest that it sold just 449 copies prior to its author's unmasking...

Bloomsbury hopes 21-year-old ex-intern will be next J.K. Rowling
July 3, 2013 | 2:21 pm

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 7-part young-adult dystopian series, for a “mid-six-figure” advance, and hope that it takes off like Harry Potter. Forbes throws around some perhaps startling figures on this. Of the 400-highest-selling titles in 2012, the Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hunger Games trilogies combined accounted for 25% of all copies sold,...

China scolds Amazon for selling counterfeit books
June 30, 2013 | 4:15 pm

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 has been caught selling books it shouldn’t. Allowing self-publishing and third-party sales in the western world has led to things like Lori Jareo’s self-published Star Wars fanfic, or two different manuals for pedophiles. Still, the irony of China getting onto Amazon for counterfeit books amuses me, given that this is the country responsible...

wordpress analytics