Galleycat delves into the origins of E L James's bestselling book as Twilight fan fiction in a fascinating tracking of its origins.
Online authors should never forget that readers can travel backwards in Internet time and explore their earlier work. This month, author E L James scored a seven-figure book deal to publish the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and a movie deal quickly followed.
Mike Shatzkin on the wider implications of Pottermore's approach to selling the Harry Potter ebooks.
Pottermore changed the game this morning. Congratulations to Charlie Redmayne, their CEO.
The “aha” moment for me was when somebody on a listserv mentioned they’d bought Kindle editions of the seven Harry Potter books which, it had been announced, were available only from the Pottermore site.
Penny drops. First thought: Hnh? How did that happen?
Then the news came that Amazon was referring people off its site to Pottermore to buy the Kindle editions of Harry Potter ebooks. (It turns out that Barnes & Noble is doing the same.) There they register themselves and then can buy the ebooks.
This new model allows for the rapid and interactive development of books, ebooks, articles, videos, and other content by its authors, where the content evolves through a partnership between the author and their community.
‘New media and new forms of buying and lending are all very interesting, for all kinds of reasons, but one principle remains unchanged: authors must be paid fairly for their work. Any arrangement that doesn't acknowledge that principle is a bad one, and needs to be changed. That is our whole argument.'