J.K. Rowling On eBooks, More

OK, shut up, so it’s turned into J.K. Rowling Day here.

Tomorrow it’ll probably be Amazon Day. Who knows?

Anyway, over at The Leaky Cauldron site, they have a transcript of the press conference held earlier today and I thought I’d pull some interesting quotes from it.

I thought a question that would come earlier but that I am going to answer spontaneously now, is that print/ebook debate: It is my view you can’t hold back progress. EBooks are here, they are here to stay. Personally I love printed paper, but very very recently, later than a lot of people because I’m not very technologically adept, in fact it was this year for the first time that I downloaded eBooks. And it’s miraculous, for travel and for children particularly, to carry around a thousand books in your pocket on a small device is an extraordinary thing, so I feel great about taking harry potter into this new medium. But I still love a printed paper book; I think you can enjoy both.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Hm, I wonder what she downloaded them to — device or notebook? — and from what store in what format?

Q: Can you talk about your decision to go directly to the consumers? I imagine Apple and Amazon are not happy.

Well I can’t speak for anyone else. The decision was quite straightforward for me. Firstly It means that – I mean Harry Potter is obviously an international phenomenon and it means that we can now see that people everywhere are having the same experience at pretty much the same time. A large part of the fandom will be able to receive experience at exactly the same time, which was extremely appealing to me.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

No geographical rights restrictions for her, no “We don’t have a store presence there” from Apple or Amazon or Sony or Kobo for her! No delays. Global access to everyone!

And for all those reports I saw today talking about how this was just a way for her to milk her fans:

The other thing is, this is free. You don’t have to buy anything to access what you’ve seen today. You don’t have to pay to get the extra material, you don’t have to buy a single thing to go onto Pottermore and have the whole experience you’ve just seen. That was really important to me. This was about the give-back. The technology now existed to do something outside the books and the films for existing fans.

Finally:

Q: Did you come up with the name Pottermore?

I did. I’m quite proud of that. We had a lot of discussions about that but that was me.

Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

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One response to “J.K. Rowling On eBooks, More

  1. Keishon

    No geographical rights restrictions for her, no “We don’t have a store presence there” from Apple or Amazon or Sony or Kobo for her! No delays. Global access to everyone!

    Just now catching up with the news but wow! That is awesome. I feel like a better day is ahead for ebooks – no more DRM and no more geo-restrictions.

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