JK Rowling ‘Very Angry’ That Law Firm Leaked Her Name (NPR)JK Rowling
In a twist worthy of her latest detective novel, it turns out it was a lawyer’s wife’s best friend who leaked J.K. Rowling’s identity as the “Robert Galbraith” who wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling.

Pro tip: When you have a JK Rowling secret, don’t tell anyone (LA Times)
A British law firm admitted on Thursday that it was the source of the information that J.K. Rowling had secretly published a mystery novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling’s response? She is “very angry.” She wasn’t at first. Initially, she was somewhat wistful.

Here’s how Amazon self-destructs (Salon)
With challenges to Amazon’s power wilting fast, the company’s stock closed the week at an all-time high. It is not so obvious, however, that the Seattle behemoth is sitting pretty, at least when it comes to bookselling. Amazon could end up being victimized by its own phenomenal success.

New York Times to release gesture-controlled Leap Motion news app (paidContent)
Want to read the New York Times with a wave of your hand? The paper will let you do that, to a certain extent, when it releases an app for the gesture-controlled Leap Motion device that launches July 22.

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  1. Although reviewers praised the book, Rowlings stealth novel wasn’t selling well before the secret came out. Now it’s selling madly, with most of the print stock exhausted.

    Most authors would be delighted with anything that increased their sales. But if you’re as rich as Rowlings is, you may want to be able to publish under another name to prove that first success wasn’t a fluke. This leak ended her chance to do that.

    This also illustrates that many readers pay little attention to reviewers or a book’s plot. They want more stories from a particular author. That’s why Tolkien fans lament that he published so little fiction and no great epics in the almost twenty years he lived after the release of The Lord of the Rings. Check out his bibliography on Wikipedia and you’ll find that his son Christopher has been publishing fragments from his father far more often than the father himself did.

    Rowling fans should be happy that, under whatever name, she continues to write and publish regularly.

    –Michael W. Perry, Untangling Tolkien

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