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Weekend Roundup: Pottermore on Tablets and Phones, Reviews of the Retina iPad Mini and more
November 17, 2013 | 11:10 am

pottermorePottermore Debuts on Tablets and Smartphone Devices (GoodeReader) The Harry Potter interactive website Pottermore is now available on mobile connected devices such as tablet PCs and smartphones. *** Smashwords eDelivery out of Beta, No Longer Supports Kindle (The Digital Reader) For the past 6 weeks the indie ebook distributor Smashwords has been beta testing an automatic delivery solution, eDelivery, that enabled customers to send ebooks to their Kindle or their Dropbox account. Smashwords ended the beta test today, but the eDelivery service is only about half as useful as I had hoped. *** What the Reviews Say About the iPad Mini with Retina Display (GigaOM) The new...

Charlie Redmayne steps down as Pottermore CEO to become HarperCollins CEO
July 2, 2013 | 7:53 pm

On paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that Charlie Redmayne has just boarded the Hogwarts Express to take him back to the land of the muggles. He’s stepping down as CEO of Pottermore and taking the CEO helm of HarperCollins. Prior to helping found Pottermore in 2011, Redmayne was EVP and chief digital officer for HarperCollins. One reason for the change is that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp just spun its publishing arm, including HC, off into a separate company, and the previous CEO, Victoria Barnsley, felt it was a good time to leave. Pottermore’s CTO Julian Thomas will serve as...

Ten years after publication, The Time Traveler’s Wife to come to e-books
June 10, 2013 | 5:09 pm

the-time-travelers-wifeThe Guardian reports that author Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, is finally giving the go-ahead for an e-book version of her popular 2003 novel to be published through new independent e-book site Zola Books that her agent is starting. She is also writing a short-story-length sequel for the site. Niffenegger said that she was sitting on the book not because she was a “weird book luddite,” but because she was “preserving [her] ebook virginity” because she didn’t feel e-books had lived up to their full potential yet. Then Zola Books came along, based on the principle...

Pottermore’s Winning Digital Publishing Strategy
May 14, 2013 | 2:23 pm

Pottermore 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 strategy.' It's all just strategy now. So, what do they think Pottermore is doing right? They identify four things Pottermore did incredibly well "for which the words 'game changer'" apply: 1. They created a commercial e-book platform that was at least as good as Amazon's 2. They set their own prices, and sustained them in the face...

Pottermore adds e-book gifting, Tales of Beedle the Bard
November 20, 2012 | 6:51 pm

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 to eight times each. All Pottermore e-books are multiformat and DRM-free. Pottermore has also just made the tie-in story collection The Tales of Beedle the Bard available as an e-book for the first time, for £3.99 in the U.K. and $5.99 in the U.S., with a...

Reading in French: An app vs. Kindle showdown!
August 23, 2012 | 2:00 pm

The hardware Kindle has come a long way since 1.0. But a frustration I have always had with my book devices has been the relative lack of support for the non-English reader. As a second language learner, I felt the technology had potential it had not yet lived up to. I felt there were opportunities to make learning easier that were not being met, and that there was an unexploited market of learners eager for someone to fill that need. Until recently, that someone has been third-party app makers. I have been using a specialized iPad app called FrenchReader for my,...

Pottermore in Japan
July 5, 2012 | 8:29 am

Pottermore070512 From Shelf Awareness: The Pottermore Shop willlaunch in Japan later this summer, featuring Japanese-language e-book editions of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels published in ePub3 format. A Japanese version of the Pottermore Experience will debut at a date yet to be announced, according to the company.Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne said the Harry Potter books "have been phenomenally popular in Japan and we are delighted now to make the e-book version available in Japanese. We will also soon be making the free to use Experience available--which will offer Japanese Harry Potter fans the chance to explore and discover new writing by J.K. Rowling as...

Sony e-reader sells 500,000 units in Europe
May 29, 2012 | 12:14 am

French book news site ActuaLitté reports (in French) that Sony’s PRS T1 149-Euro touchscreen e-reader has sold over 500,000 units in Europe—reportedly not far behind the sales of Amazon’s Kindle. It’s a little tricky to make sense of the Google-translated text, but ActuaLitté seems to report that the Sony’s biggest problem is the lack of a library integrated into the device. The existing store is slow, but Sony says it is seeking a partner who can meet Sony’s performance demands. Meanwhile, competitor Kobo is invading Europe, and a possible Barnes & Noble European expansion could be on the...

paidContent 2012: Q&A with Charlie Redmayne
May 23, 2012 | 5:35 pm

Paidcontent logo1 Moderator, Laura Hazard Owen, Staff Writer, paidContent/GigaOM:   Charlie Redmayne, CEO, Pottermore: Pottermore came about from Rowling and her agent in order to give something back to fans.  Trying to create a digital future for Harry Potter.  First two parts in place.  Very expensive to run so created a commercial business as well to fund the site.  All ebooks are bought from Pottermore directly.  Unique arrangement, first time Amazon has driven customers to another platform.  Amazon "got it" and didn't have to be dragged into it kicking and screaming.  Other retail partners understood as well.  Can work for other brands. Thing that...

If publishers cannot control e-book retail prices, how should they set their own?
May 18, 2012 | 12:45 am

On the Columbia Journalism Review, Ryan Chittum has a rebuttal to a number of recent posts about e-book production costs and price, including the post by Mathew Ingram that I covered here. Though the article is replete with quotes and counter-arguments, but the central thrust seems to be that publishers ought to be able to charge what they want to—but they really should be wanting to charge less. At base, copyright holders have the right to ask what they want to get for their work (which is why they were so concerned about Amazon selling ebooks...

Kobo begins selling Harry Potter e-books through Pottermore
May 17, 2012 | 2:15 pm

Kobo has joined Amazon and Barnes & Noble on the Hogwarts Express. The Bookseller reports that Kobo has launched its own Harry Potter e-book store. As with the others, it redirects customers to Pottermore to make the actual purchase, then allows them to link their Kobo and Pottermore accounts so they can download the books directly into their Kobo readers or apps. A spokesperson for Kobo added: “Unique to Kobo, readers will also be able to track their progress in books with awards from Kobo Reading Life, and share their thoughts on exciting passages with Kobo...

Pottermore CEO discusses Amazon lending deal
May 10, 2012 | 11:50 pm

paidContent has talked to Charlie Redmayne, the CEO of Pottermore, about the deal Amazon announced to add the Harry Potter titles to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, the program that lets Prime-subscribing Kindle owners check out one e-book per month for free. Redmayne admits that the deal may cannibalize some sales, but he believes it will drive even greater sales as readers check out the first book and decide they want to read them all right away. And Amazon is paying “a large amount of money” for the right to lend the e-books, which will also help make...