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Old 08-22-2009, 09:40 PM   #136
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My God. Is there anything so obvious as that if whatsername would authorize eBook editions of Harry Potter to be sold on Amazon, there are MILLIONS to be made? Pounds, dollars, zlotkeys, whatever.

"What a maroon" the Harry Potter publisher is. (Bugs Bunny)
Yeah, Rowling is an idiot. Even if she doesn't want the money and "OMG! My precious must be read on paper!" She could take that money and make a charity for getting paper books to kids that can't afford it, for example.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:45 PM   #137
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Yep, they tried that in Australia, too.

I think the answer was 'that's nice', would you like to point out the Australian legislation to validate your claim?

Nothing heard back after that.

A classier response than piss off you yank scumbag, which is what it really deserved.
I believe the accepted reaction is to refer the plaintiff to "the reply given in the case of Arkell v Pressdram".

And, yes, there is a Wikipedia article if you are not familiar with it.
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:31 AM   #138
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Lol. Yeah, but this is Australia, so could add 'mate'. Also could make it 'lying yank scumbag' too. ;-)
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:06 PM   #139
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I keep hearing that Rowling is adamantly opposed to ebook editions. Is there documentation of a public statement she's made to that effect? I can't seem to find anything useful from Google at the moment. Has she given reasons for any opposition she feels?
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:10 PM   #140
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:11 PM   #141
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:18 PM   #142
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"did not comment directly on whether pirated e-books, a common phenomena for Potter titles, were hurting sales."

Since the article is from 2005, and last year Deathly Hallows had a record-setting starting print run of 12 million copies, I don't think it could be argued that pirated ebooks have any substantial negative effect on the Harry Potter industry.
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:20 PM   #143
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Actually, yours was a better link. Igorsk's just said that they were not going to be authorized, it didn't really explain why.

Basically, Rowling is a luddite. She writes the books by hand with a pen and paper, and has said in interviews before that it's her belief that the books can only be properly appreciated if they are read on paper. She does not believe that eBooks are the correct way for people to experience her stories.
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:59 PM   #144
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Amazon's Response (Sort of)

Apparently Amazon learned something from this incident.

http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/for...Tx8X8CCXEEBK1O

Self-publishing authors are now encountering a filtering/review process before books are put up for sale.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:32 PM   #145
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Yea, they certainly learned something.

Unfortunately, it seems to be "nuke first".
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