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Old 03-21-2010, 03:21 PM   #1
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Do you think JK Rowling will cave eventually?

I am just curious about this. I kind of want the Harry Potter series in ebook, but not enough to scan them in myself from paper and proof them (or to proof-read badly OCRd darknet copies). I know JK Rowling is opposed to ebooks, but I am wondering if she really does plan to hold out forever. You think she'll cave, eventually?
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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I'd wager that most publishers and authors hesitant to embrace a different medium of consumption will be left behind by those willing to adapt to the changing market.

Then again, she has umpteen bazillion dollars, so she probably won't weep too much if her sales decline when people move further and further towards ebooks.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:31 PM   #3
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(or to proof-read badly OCRd darknet copies).
Actually, the darknet Harry Potter ebooks are amazingly well proof-read. Much better than any commercial ebook, even The Lord of the Rings.

Well, so I've heard....


Harry Potter and the Unauthorised Ebooks
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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Actually, the darknet Harry Potter ebooks are amazingly well proof-read. Much better than any commercial ebook, even The Lord of the Rings.

Well, so I've heard....


Harry Potter and the Unauthorised Ebooks
I heard something like that from my kindle, as well.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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I expect she'll keep them off the market indefinitely (i.e. "more than another 15 years," long past when anyone's really interested) unless a court ruling somewhere establishes that free ebooks of titles that haven't been released as legit ebooks are not copyright infringment because they're not costing the copyright owner anything--they're not lost sales, not allowing someone else financial gain, not competing with sales because the format is too different, and so on.

At least one judge has said she'd be open to arguments of that nature, but no cases have specifically tried it yet.
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:21 PM   #6
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Although these books may be available as ebooks eventually, my impression is that Rowling doesn't like ebooks for some reason, so this will depend on the extent of her control over publication, and whether anything changes her mind.
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:43 PM   #7
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Control summed it up.
Remember she even required British actors (Not a bad thing) in the films.
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:12 PM   #8
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Frankly I *hope* she follows through with her ongoing stupidity. She's living proof onr can be creative, successful *and* a congenital idiot.
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:27 PM   #9
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I think J.k. Rowling will cave once she is convinced that ebooks are something that will not go away. No matter how rich she is, I don't believe that she will denie future generations an oppurtunity to be introduced to her extraordinary series just because she doesn't like the format that the text is contained within.

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Other: "Most people who give a **** about this just grabbed them from the darknet given her attitude towards ebooks".
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:23 PM   #11
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Other: "Most people who give a **** about this just grabbed them from the darknet given her attitude towards ebooks".
I did hear on the grapevine that some keen readers got a rather curt "You have been naughty" email from a snooper agency after they "obtained" HP ebooks from the darknet.

HP ebooks would sell very well indeed for her if she got with the times a bit more.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:39 PM   #12
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For every book after the first, each book, in its entirety, was online (in pdf format) within an hour or two of it going on sale in the UK. Proofed non-pdf versions started showing up later the next day. These weren't in dark corners of of private internet sites - but the main, open areas (usenet, irc, torrents, etc) that are easily searched.

All she's doing is missing out on sales, not stopping or delaying access by anyone to her books electronically - other than those who want to pay for it.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:44 PM   #13
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someone should start a completely anonymous sign in site that could then be sent to J.K. of people admitting to darknetting them
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Actually, the last one was darknetted before it hit the stores.

I didn't think that Tolkien's work would ever come out in ebooks but it did. I'm sure that as it becomes more mainstream over the next several years, she will cave. After all, Lucus eventually caved on DVD copies of his movies.
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Well, so I've heard....
As have I
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