Two Press Stupidities Of The J.K. Rowling Coverage

Two bizarre notions the press has latched onto:

1) That writers need permission to create a Kindle book! See this:

As Business Insider points out, if Amazon wants the incredibly popular Potter books on Kindle, the company will either have to let Rowling use the Kindle format or open the Kindle to ePub books.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

What? What? You can buy a damn book to learn how to create a Kindle book! No one needs Amazon’s permission to use the format!

2) That Amazon is going to have to cave in and adopt ePub. See above again and see this:

Henwood’s words suggest that the Potter books will be released in a single format, probably EPUB. The problem? Amazon’s Kindle, which controls about 60 percent of the e-reader market, according to PaidContent, doesn’t support EPUB. But, if that’s the route Rowling decides to take, it had better start. If Amazon doesn’t change its policies, it will risk losing Potter fans to the Nook, the iPad, the Kobo and other e-readers currently on the market.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

What? Do you think Rowling is stupid? Of course there will be ePub — but there will also be Kindle format too. Why would she want to say No to all her readers using Kindle hardware or Kindle apps? Does the press have this stupid idea as a corollary to thinking people need permission or a license to create a Kindle format book?

4 Comments

Filed under Amazon Kindle, Book Creation, Digital Overthrow, eBooks: General

4 responses to “Two Press Stupidities Of The J.K. Rowling Coverage

  1. Timothy Wilhoit

    I think it’s very clear that writers need to pass an IQ test to write a column. Dan Frommer’s screed is a miasma of FUD and he should be ashamed of his breathtaking ignorance. I’m sure he isn’t. The problem is when others (as in your first example) link to the original FUD as being good information. Thanks for the counterbalance.

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  3. honestyisbest

    Rowling is stupid. Rowling has always been stupid. Leaving us to wonder who really is behind Harry Potter.

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