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Old 03-23-2010, 01:06 PM   #46
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Well I'd love the Harry Potter books in eBook format, but JK Rowling is powerful enough and rich enough to stand alone and resist calls to make them available,

And realistically I think more power to her, just as we want OUR way with eBooks, she wants her way, I admire her for sticking to what she believes despite great pressure even if it's different to our desires,

When I'm as rich and famous as her however have no fear ..... YOU will find my books available in eBOOK format, some of them free,

BUT you may have to wait a few years for me to achieve Fame and Fortune
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:59 PM   #47
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I think she might cave somewhere down the line, when ebooks become much more commonplace - and therefore, once readers of ebooks make up a much larger portion of her target demographic.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:25 AM   #49
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I think she has way too much to worry.

Didn't she donate 100% of the proceeds of The Tales of Beedle the Bard to charity.

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I don't know how it works in Great Britain, but in the USA I think that would have meant a hefty income tax deduction. And publicity is publicity anywhere.

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Old 03-24-2010, 10:21 AM   #50
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I don't know how it works in Great Britain, but in the USA I think that would have meant a hefty income tax deduction. And publicity is publicity anywhere.
Just... Wow.

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Old 03-24-2010, 12:37 PM   #51
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Just... Wow.

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I'm not quite sure what you mean. It's hardly news that charity is a sound policy for the very wealthy, whether or not motivated by altruistic considerations. Certainly more so than cracking down on HP-themed parties... But I'm not wedded to the idea she'll see any reason to change her mind - this is, after all, just a friendly discussion.

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It's about money with that woman. In 20 years time she will still want the big money rolling in and all the kids will be on e-books by then.

The real reason she is so scared of e-books is the piracy paranoia.
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:33 PM   #53
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So she makes sure that anyone who gets an ebook has a pirated version.

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Brilliant!
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:22 PM   #54
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I know, it's ironic. She's made her stance crystal clear, yet her HP books are possibly the fastest known books that have ever been pirated into ebooks.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:09 AM   #55
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I hope she caves eventually, but I'm not sure she will. If she does I'll grab a set of them for future re-reading even though we already have the paper version.

I would hope that, money aside, she would want to make her books available in as many different formats as possible so it could be enjoyed by that many more people with out the having to be criminals to do it.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:16 AM   #56
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:17 AM   #57
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I'll grab a set of them
I won't.
She missed her chance to get my money for e-edition.
I already have 2.42857142857142857142857142857143 sets in paper.
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:20 AM   #58
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I know, it's ironic. She's made her stance crystal clear, yet her HP books are possibly the fastest known books that have ever been pirated into ebooks.
Yeah, maybe that's why She have such a hard feeling toward e-books. And i think she is among the "smell of books" people.

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I'm not so sure about that. She rich now, but she know what having to worry about invoices is.
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:59 PM   #59
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The survey should have split the "Other" category into "No Opinion" or "Who Cares?"

Rowling is not the first artist to insist on confining her books to one medium. Harold Lloyd, the famous movie actor/screenwriter/director/producer, reportedly placed a stipulation in his will and testament that his films were only to be shown to movie audiences (note the plural). His heirs interpreted this literally, and did not allow his movies to be sold in any of the future recorded formats (beta/vhs/laserdisc/dvd, etc.), for many, many years. Not until the 21st century could you buy his movies on DVD. In the 1990's, I obtained a Japanese pressed copy of one of his movies on laserdisc for $150. The story of how this came to be (i.e., available on laserdisc in Japan and not the U.S.A.) is interesting but not germane to this thread.

Thus, when you wonder, "how long, how long ? ...", be glad you can read Rowling's work in hardcover today, in the privacy of your own home. Or, just post an open letter, requesting distribution in ebook format, to Rowling and her publisher.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:53 AM   #60
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I'm sure as soon as the first either of these things happen she will cave: a) they offer her enough money (even though she doesn't need any more), or b) print sales begin to decrease.

Personally, I'm glad her pig-headedness has caused her to lose potential sales (being totally uninterested and unimpressed by the whole Harry Potter phenomenon as I am - it's only good point is that it's gotten more kids reading). That's more money to spend on authors who embrace the new technology and who realize that both methods of publishing are not mutually exclusive.
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