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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...

Big Publishing big-mouth speaks on Charlie Hebdo – and it ain’t pretty
January 12, 2015 | 10:25 am

rupertmurdoch1_thumb1.jpgThe 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 figurehead - no surprise to some, maybe - has gone ahead and done just that. Yes, it's Rupert Murdoch, whose tweet after the massacre read: "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible." And he continued, "Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines...

European Commission inquires into Amazon/Hachette dispute
June 5, 2014 | 1:58 pm

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 author Joanne Rowling’s latest titles, it’s easy to see why there might be more than a little concern. That being said, experts doubt the European Commission will actually get involved in what amounts to a business dispute. Nonetheless, I imagine it might put pressure on Amazon and Hachette to show some progress. As Nate points out at...

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...

Lawyer who revealed Robert Galbraith as Rowling fined
January 1, 2014 | 11:02 am

Robert Galbraith 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 books. She let it slip and soon enough everyone else found out. Gossage has been hit with a £1,000 fine for breach of confidentiality, The Guardian reported. So while some are reaping the success of The Cuckoo’s Calling (Rowling and Little Brown), one man has nothing but bad things come his way since. It may not seem...

Morning Roundup: How can Jeff Bezos save the Washington Post?
August 8, 2013 | 10:00 am

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 released a new Kindle Single today. It’s a Portuguese translation of the Obama interview, and from what I can tell this is the Amazon’s first Kindle Single in that language.   --   Five Things Jeff Bezos Should do to Reinvent the Sinking Ship That...

Of literary hoaxes and accounting for publishers’ taste: Steps vs. Naked Came the Stranger
July 21, 2013 | 5:16 pm

Naked_Came_the_StrangerOn 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 how would that publisher have treated the manuscript if they hadn’t known who the author was already? (Though Greene doesn’t seem to know this, other stories on the matter have the answer: editor Kate Mills of Orion Publishing did come forward as having rejected the book; it was written well enough but...

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...

Pseudonym revealed? Advantage: E-books!
July 15, 2013 | 4:13 am

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 Revelation, which means that it wasn’t exactly well-stocked at bookstores that cater to bestsellers. Suddenly, from right out of nowhere, boom! It was written by J.K. fairy-tale-success-story goddess-of-childrens-books Rowling. And now everyone wants to read it, out of curiosity if nothing else. I would be very surprised if there was...

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,...

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