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Old 06-22-2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Digital Harry Potter manuscript allegedly stolen

Minor and speculative, we know, but according to various news sources, a villainous hacker who goes by the name Gabriel has found his way into a computer at Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury and managed to steal a digital copy of J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Wait, did we hear digital copy? Obviously, this story must be a hoax, because, really, as we all know, Mrs Rowling vehemently refuses to port Harry into the digital paper world.

In any case, you can currently pre-order the next and last Potter with guaranteed date delivery and at 50% off its retail price.

[via Dear Author]

Related: Harry Potter 6 e-book already being pirated!
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:27 PM   #2
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There has to be a digital copy to send to the printing machine. And I highly doubt Rowling would be tying her books on a typewriter.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:30 PM   #3
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Every book published since the nineties is in digital format for printing purposes. HP6 was available on Internet in the week following its publishing. This one will have beaten it.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:31 PM   #4
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HP6 however was scanned from the hardcopy.

The problem was they kept HP7 on a computer internet accessible.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:21 PM   #5
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And I highly doubt Rowling would be tying her books on a typewriter.
It's a well known fact that she writes them out on napkins at th local pub.

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HP6 was available on Internet in the week following its publishing.
It was within 24 hours, wasn't it? This time it might co-or even pre-release the paper, by the sound of it.

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The problem was they kept HP7 on a computer internet accessible.
That would seem to have been a Very Bad Idea. I bet publishers don't usually have all that heavy a layer of ICE either.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:46 PM   #6
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what I have heard it is a fake, it should be this fan-fiction
http://www.melindaleo.com/fics/tsh/tsh01.htm

could be several diffirent ones out, but this is circulating the net on various piratenetworks and claiming to be the real thing. (I don't think the author to the fan-fiction claims that)
From what I have heard was it a pretty good fan-fiction
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:51 PM   #7
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I guess that they kept the files for InDesign... A single click and you get a PDF or Epub version ;-)
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:56 PM   #8
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I guess that they kept the files for InDesign... A single click and you get a PDF or Epub version ;-)
Hahaha, true... straight from InDesign to Adobe Digital Editions Adobe would be happy for all the free publicity they'd get.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:59 PM   #9
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There's no such thing as 'bad' publicity ... especially if it's free!
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Speaking of publicity, when is HP7 due ?
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what I have heard it is a fake, it should be this fan-fiction
http://www.melindaleo.com/fics/tsh/tsh01.htm

could be several diffirent ones out, but this is circulating the net on various piratenetworks and claiming to be the real thing. (I don't think the author to the fan-fiction claims that)
From what I have heard was it a pretty good fan-fiction
This is fan fiction and it is quite good - well worth reading actually. But the alleged spoilers on the web at the moment are definitely not from this particular work. What is reported as the ending does not take place in the melinda leo book.
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Speaking of publicity, when is HP7 due ?
July 21st
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Old 06-22-2007, 02:40 PM   #13
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The publication date for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows will be July 21st, 2007.
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I really wonder how many enterprising fans have written/are writing Harry Potter 7 and will use this "leak", be it true or fake to get their version of HP7 out to the hungry masses.

How do we know when it's real?

Could be interesting to collect those "leaked" texts and read them, then compre them to the "real thing"...who knows...some of the forgings might be better than the original...
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How do we know when it's real?
Well, eventually (29 days, now) we'll have the actual printed text to refer to. Huh, that's actually a pretty ironic statement, don't you think?
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