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View Poll Results: Will JK Rowling eventually cave and allow ebooks of the Harry Potter series?
Yes, eventually 116 65.17%
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:21 PM   #16
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:34 PM   #17
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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.
The ones who were dumb enough not to run something like Peerblock, sure.

*shrugs*

I don't really have much sympathy when no legal version is available.
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Old 03-22-2010, 01:46 AM   #18
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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.
The pre-store version was, umm, not up to normal ebook quality standards. Not even for darknet editions. See attached image.

The "carpet edition" was probably the only way to have it accepted, though, because several novel-length fanfics had been grabbed, retitled "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows," and uploaded to torrent and filesharing sites. It'd take photos, not OCR'd pages, to convince people it was real.

People who'd bought three or four copies (one for themselves, one for each child in the house, one for a friend) downloaded the carpet edition in order to read it before sales started, so they could go online that day without the risk of jerks announcing who dies before they got the chance to read it.
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:38 AM   #19
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She is worth over a billion dollars. I dont think she has to care or cave.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:38 AM   #20
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Never.

Which isn't the end of the world, as you can find perfect copies elsewhere...


I'm getting the impression that if a book is legally available, it's harder to find on the darknet. And if a book won't be available legally, you'll find it everywhere...
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:34 AM   #21
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Without any shadow of doubt she will cave in. The longer she resists the more painful it is going to be for ego.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:37 AM   #22
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She is worth over a billion dollars. I dont think she has to care or cave.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:44 AM   #23
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She is worth over a billion dollars. I dont think she has to care or cave.
But will a billion be enough? More money is always handy...
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:49 AM   #24
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But will a billion be enough? More money is always handy...
Yeah, plastic surgery might be pricey...
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:36 AM   #25
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She just wants to be in control of the user experience. A lot like Apple in that way (and MS in their upcoming Windows Phone Series 7). Consumer response seems to play this out as well.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:45 AM   #26
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We may not agree with her stance on the issue, but the choice is hers to make.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:57 AM   #27
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Once you have a certain amount of money, you no longer have to do anything. In such situations, people often take up extreme sports and other dangerous hobbies.

So, she may well cave - but I expect that she'll wear a hard hat.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:25 AM   #28
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We may not agree with her stance on the issue, but the choice is hers to make.
You are stressing it so hard, as if anybody is trying to force her.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:28 AM   #29
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I voted "other" because I no longer care what she thinks about ebooks and have given up waiting for them. I will not buy the paper books either, I bought a ebook reader to avoid the space needed and won't start doing so just for the HP books.

If they had been available in ebook then she'd have got a complete set of sales from me. Instead I'm just going to borrow them from a friend. (Not that anyone will care about a lost sale, not even pocket change)

In time I think most authors will realise the ebook market is split between those who will buy paper books when needed and those who will only ever buy ebooks. As the market grows that proportion of ebook only books will eventually reach a significant enough size that authors will no longer be able to ignore ebooks if they wish to be a success.

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She just wants to be in control of the user experience. A lot like Apple in that way (and MS in their upcoming Windows Phone Series 7). Consumer response seems to play this out as well.
Users want different things. Some want paper books, some want ebooks and others want neither of those, they want pictures and sound. Should she have held off licensing movie rights because she wanted people to read the paper books instead? Why are ebooks any different. Is she's worried about quality, pick a good format and release in that.

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The voice "there are too many good books out there to start worrying about that ones" is missing, so I voted "yes"...

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