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Friday Morning Laughs: Radcliffe Raps, Reporter Forgets About Mic - Posted October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween! How cool is it that it FINALLY lands on a Friday? We've got a variety today, a mix of spooky and funny. Well, more funny and cute, really. Hope you enjoy and don't get into too much mischief tonight. Wedding Fireball Cam Who doesn't like a little Fireball with their GoPro?... [SocialTimes.com]

The Top 100 Books on Facebook - Posted September 10, 2014
The Facebook Data Science Team curled up with ... [AllFacebook]

Harry Potter's Ministry of Magic Gets its Own Unofficial Website - Posted December 26, 2013
Harry Potter fans have created a "website" for the Ministry of Magic, modeled after the UK's own Gov.uk. It's an impressive feat of design, but one must wonder - do wizards need the World Wide Web to communicate? Created by Andy Brow... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Harry Potter Postage Causes Angry Uproar Among Stamp Enthusiasts - Posted November 25, 2013
Short of having your holiday cards delivered to your loved ones by Hedwig herself, Harry Potter-themed stamps -- released last week by the United States Postal Service -- are obviously the most magical way to send a message. The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, how... [PRNewser]

Hooray For Semantic Tech In The Film Industry - Posted September 30, 2013
[caption id="attachment_39957" align="alignleft" width="304"] Image courtesy popturfdotcom/Flickr[/caption] The story below features an interview with Kurt Cagle, Information Architect Avalon Consulting, LLC, who is speaking this week at the Semantic Technology And Business Conference in... [semanticweb.com]

Facebook Engineer Carlos Bueno Pens Kids' Novel On Computer Science, Critical Thinking - Posted September 23, 2013
Facebook Engineer Carlos Bueno does more than work on the world's largest social network. Bueno is the author of Lauren Ipsum, a novel about computer science and critical thinking, aimed at k... [Lost Remote]

Facebook Weekly Highlights Brings You New J.K. Rowling Film, U.S. Open Champion Rafael Nadal - Posted September 13, 2013
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos posted to ... [AllFacebook]

J.K. Rowling Wrote a Novel as Robert Galbraith - Posted July 15, 2013
J.K. Rowling has confessed to writing a mystery novel un... [GalleyCat]

J. K. Rowling's Pseudonym Proves the PR Power of a Name - Posted July 15, 2013
What's in a name? J. K. Rowling has written a crime novel called The Cuckoo's Calling under the pseudonym ... [PRNewser]

Google+ Users Review Harry Potter's Diagon Alley - Posted July 9, 2013
Nerd alert! Witches and wizards who are shopping for Hogwarts supplies can now find a map of Diagon Alley, aka Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, in Street View on Google Maps. If you're wondering if the actual shops live up to the pictures, just ask the Google+ users who have already... [SocialTimes.com]

Universal Studios Florida To Add Harry Potter's Diagon Alley - Posted May 9, 2013
Universal Studios Florida will add a new section inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series. Opening in 2014, ... [semanticweb.com]

Universal Studios Florida To Add Harry Potter's Diagon Alley - Posted May 9, 2013
Universal Studios Florida will add a new section inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series. Opening in 2014, ... [GalleyCat]

STUDY: What Do Millennials Like On Facebook? - Posted April 10, 2013
One of the most important groups on Facebook -- in terms of marketing -- is millennials. These young adults are the most active on Facebo... [AllFacebook]

Harry Potter Characters Critique the Super Bowl - Posted February 4, 2013
While the entire country tuned into the Super Bowl last night, a number of Harry Potter characters followed the action on Twitter. We've embedded a complete collection of these Harry Potter-themed posts below. If you thought that the evil Lord Voldemort caused the power outage at the New Orleans football gam... [GalleyCat]

Facebook For Every Phone Was The Top Page In 2012 - Posted January 10, 2013
Celebrities had a great year on Facebook in 2012. Rihanna rose up the page charts to be the most popular human-based page on the social network, and se... [AllFacebook]

The Fiscal Cliff in Animated GIFs - Posted January 2, 2013
If you've been wanting to figure out what actually happened with the whole Fiscal Cliff brouhaha but have needed a little sugar to help the medicine go down, the Washington Post recaps the en... [SocialTimes.com]

The Art of Breaking Breaking Dawn - Posted November 14, 2012
From The Hobbit to Harry Potter, Hollywood loves dividing popular novels into two separate films. With the second adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's ... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter and Don Draper Shared a Bath - Posted November 12, 2012
If you're a fan of Harry Potter or Mad Men (and especially if you're both), then this promotional still for the upcoming British miniseries A Young Doctor's Notebook probably did... [PRNewser]

J.K. Rowling's Next Book Probably a Book for Children - Posted October 12, 2012
Author J.K. Rowling revealed that her next book would likely be for young readers, chatting with fans in a webcast hosted by Scholastic. During the virtual event, which drew more than a million Harry Potter fans, Rowling discussed her next writing project. She said, "T... [GalleyCat]

J.K. Rowling & The Casual Vacancy Spoilers - Posted September 24, 2012
In a long profile of J.K. Rowling at The New Yorker, journalist Ian Parker shared some juicy tidbits about The Casual Vacancy--a novel for adults by the Harry Potter au... [GalleyCat]

Free PR: 'Breaking Bad' Fan Art - Posted August 21, 2012
We've heard about the power of digital fanfiction to elevate popular literary brands like Harry Potter... [PRNewser]

J.K. Rowling Reads 'Peter Pan' at the Olympics Opening Ceremony - Posted July 27, 2012
The "Isles of Wonder" opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics (directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle) made a nod to British literature. Actor Kenneth Branagh (who plays Pr... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Gets Fired in Parody Video - Posted July 23, 2012
What if Harry Potter ended up with a boring desk job as an adult, entering spreadsheet figures and staring at social networks all day on his computer? The new parody series "Harry Potter and the Ten Years Later" imagines a pretty miserable adult life for J. K.... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter And The Ten Years Later - Posted July 2, 2012
Did you ever wonder what Harry Potter did in the 19 years between the last two scenes of the seventh book? A new web series plans to answer that question. The above clip is a trailer for a new series from Furious Molecules. The first episode is scheduled to be released... [Inside Mobile Apps]

J.K. Rowling Writes New Harry Potter Content for Video Game - Posted June 5, 2012
J.K. Rowling has written new Harry Potter content for Sony's Book of Spells, a video game for the Sony PlayStation Wonderbook. The game will include "backstories to the famous spells, valuable lessons and brand new creatures" writ... [GalleyCat]

Hogwarts Library Box Set Coming from J.K. Rowling - Posted May 23, 2012
J.K. Rowling will publish a hardcover Hogwarts Library Box Set with Bloomsbury later this year. The publisher mentioned the boxed set in its financial results for the year, an extra bonus for ... [semanticweb.com]

Hogwarts Library Box Set Coming from J.K. Rowling - Posted May 23, 2012
J.K. Rowling will publish a hardcover Hogwarts Library Box Set with Bloomsbury later this year. The publisher mentioned the boxed set in its financial results for the year, an extra bonus for ... [GalleyCat]

Ralph Fiennes Reads 'Sonnet 129' by William Shakespeare - Posted April 13, 2012
In honor of National Poetry Month, we've dug up a video featuring actor Ralph Fiennes reading William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 129." While many have come to know Fiennes for playing Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort, he is also a respected stage ac... [semanticweb.com]

Harry Potter Actor Sentenced to Prison - Posted March 20, 2012
Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett was sentenced to two years in jail in England for his role in the No... [FishbowlLA]

Half Price Books Hosts Tournament of Villains - Posted March 15, 2012
Inspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, Half Price Books has launched a Tournament of Villains, pitting 64 evil characters against one another to figure out "who's the baddest one of all." The voting period for round one ends today at 2 p.m. CST. These antagonists c... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Fan Calls For Academy Award Boycott - Posted January 30, 2012
After the Harry Potter franchise was not nominated for Best Picture this year, Huffington Post writer Linda Kenney Baden suggested that fans of the boy wizard consider boycotting the Academy Awards. Here's an excerpt: "Enough already Academy of Mo... [GalleyCat]

NEA Launches 'Blue Horse' Charity Auction to Benefit Arts Education - Posted October 21, 2011
The National Education Association (NEA) has teamed up with the NEA Foundation to host "The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Charity Auction." The proceeds derived from the Internet auction will benefit the NEA Foundation's "Art Inspires Learning, Learning Inspires Art" initiative. This project funds arts ... [GalleyCat]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [UnBeige]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [FishbowlDC]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [GalleyCat]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [FishbowlNY]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [TVNewser]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [TVNewser]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [AgencySpy]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [PRNewser]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [FishbowlDC]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [10,000 Words]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of "Cubes," we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, The Hung... [TVSpy]

Cubes: An Inside Look at Scholastic's Global HQ - Posted October 20, 2011
In this episode of Cubes, we tour the corporate world headquarters of Scholastic. The company known for Harry Potter, T... [FishbowlLA]

Sony May Bundle Harry Potter eBooks with eReaders - Posted August 16, 2011
According to a report in The Register, the next generation of Sony eReaders may be bundled with the entire Harry Potter book series in October. Sony has not confirmed this partnership. The report speculates that fans can also buy an eReader bun... [GalleyCat]

Ralph Fiennes to Adapt The Invisible Woman - Posted August 10, 2011
While many know actor Ralph Fiennes for playing Harry Potter's nemesis Lord Voldemort, he has also started directing. One of his post-Harry Potter film projects includes directing an adaptation of ... [semanticweb.com]

Three Debut Novelists Score Movie Deals - Posted August 2, 2011
Writers Veronica Roth, Marie Lu and Erin Morgenstern all landed movie deals for their debut novels. Roth released Divergent in May; Morgenstern's book The Night Circus is due out in September and Lu's title Legend... [GalleyCat]

David Copperfield Threatens Harry Potter - Posted August 1, 2011
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How to Write a Better Villain - Posted July 28, 2011
How do you create a villain? We've rounded up some handy tips from around the literary world. 1. During her talk at CraftFest, suspense author Gayle Lynds... [GalleyCat]

Watch: A Cappella Song Tells Entire Harry Potter Story In 99 Seconds - Posted July 25, 2011
The last Harry Potter movie is in theaters, signifying the end of an era and, as a result, the Harry Potter craze is in full force. Harry Potter fan videos are being uploaded to YouTube like there's no tomorrow. Here's a new one tha... [SocialTimes.com]

Sarah Odedina Leaving Bloomsbury Children's Books - Posted July 19, 2011
Sarah Odedina will be leaving Bloomsbury Children's Books to serve as publisher of a new children's fiction l... [GalleyCat]

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Leaked on YouTube - Posted July 18, 2011
A pirated version of the trailer for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises materialized on different YouTube accounts this weekend--the video appears to have been videotaped from inside a movie theater. Internatio... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Lives Forever in Fan Fiction - Posted July 15, 2011
Novelist and journalist Lev Grossman explored the world of Harry Potter fan fiction with his Time magazine piece, "The Boy Who Lived Forever." Grossman debunked stereotypes... [GalleyCat]

'How Harry Potter Changed My Life' Essay Contest Counts 300 Submissions - Posted July 14, 2011
With one more day until the final Harry Potter film, fans are reminiscing about growing up with the young wizard... [GalleyCat]

Severus Snape Crowned Greatest Harry Potter Character of all Time - Posted July 12, 2011
Professor Severus Snape has been crowned the winner of the Harry Potter World Cup. Over at MTV News, 64 characters were pitted against one another to determine who is the greatest Harry Potter character of all time. ... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Contest on YouTube - Posted July 7, 2011
Wave your wands and practice your patronus charms! MYX TV is hosting a video contest, asking hardcore Harry Potter fans to tape themselves reenacting their favorite scenes from the Harry Potter film series. We've embedded the promotional video above--it contai... [GalleyCat]

Pottermaniacs! YouTube To Stream The Final Harry Potter Red Carpet Event Live July 7 - Posted June 30, 2011
Potter fans the world over are champing at the bit to witness history--the red carpet event before the final Harry Potter movie premiere on July 7. If you suffer from Pottermania, you are in luck because YouTube has announced that they will be streaming the event live, featuring appearances from... [SocialTimes.com]

J.K. Rowling Follows Her Agent & Leaves Christopher Little Literary Agency - Posted June 30, 2011
UK literary agent Neil Blair will be leaving the Christopher Little Literary Agency, taking client J.K. Rowling with him. The Bookseller reports that Blair will be setting up his own firm, The Blair Partnership. Here's more ... [GalleyCat]

Possible Pottermore Memos Leaked - Posted June 22, 2011
Two confidential documents concerning J.K. Rowling's mysterious Pottermore website have surfaced. A memo was reportedly sent to the Times UK by mistake and it describ... [GalleyCat]

Screenshots from J.K. Rowling's Pottermore Possibly Leaked - Posted June 17, 2011
An unoffical Facebook page has been created for J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website with some mysterious screensho... [GalleyCat]

J.K. Rowling To Make Mystery Announcement - Posted June 16, 2011
Author J.K. Rowling has launched a mysterious website called "Pottermore." The site links to a YouTube page counting down to "J.K. Rowling's announcement" in six days (a... [semanticweb.com]

J.K. Rowling To Make Mystery Announcement in 6 Days - Posted June 16, 2011
Author J.K. Rowling has launched a mysterious website called "Pottermore." The site links to a YouTube page counting down to "J.K. Rowling's announcement" in six days. ... [GalleyCat]

New Harry Potter Promo Video Features the First Screen Test - Posted June 9, 2011
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WeArePotter Hashtag Helps Harry Potter Top Twitter - Posted June 2, 2011
Harry Potter fans took over Twitter this morning, tweeting the reasons they loved the boy wizard with the hashtag "... [GalleyCat]

New Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer - Posted May 25, 2011
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Alan Rickman Reads 'Sonnet 130' by William Shakespeare - Posted April 30, 2011
Happy National Poetry Month! To end the month, we've dug up a video featuring Alan Rickman and his recitation of William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130." While many have come to know Rickman for playing Harry Potter potions master Severus Snape... [GalleyCat]

It Has Arrived: The Trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Posted April 28, 2011
The trailer for the final Harry Potter movie has hit the internet, and we can hear the teenage screams from here. In fact, a few of those screams may be mine. It is always interesting to see how a beloved book manifests on the screen, what makes it into the film, and... [FishbowlLA]

Daniel Radcliffe Stars in 'The Woman in Black' Adaptation - Posted April 13, 2011
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe stars as an attorney in the upcoming film adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black. The teaser trailer is embedded above-what do you thi... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter the Exhibition Opens in New York City - Posted April 5, 2011
"Harry Potter the Exhibition" opened today at New York City's Discovery Times Square. The video embedded above offers a sneak peek at the show that displays eight movies' worth of props,... [GalleyCat]

Warner Bros Offers Five Additional Movies on Facebook - Posted March 29, 2011
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced it will expand its test offering of movies for rental through Warner Bros. Entertainment's Facebook Movie Pages. Starting today at 10:00 pm Pacific Time and 1:00 am Eastern Time, users will be able to rent five additional titles directly through each film's official Facebook... [SocialTimes.com]

What Will J.K. Rowling Write Next? - Posted March 25, 2011
College Humor published "7 Excerpts from J.K. Rowling's New Books," imaginary manuscripts written by the author in her post-Harry Potter life. In the satirical piece, Rowling's impe... [GalleyCat]

How Publishers Can Attract Young Boy Readers - Posted March 25, 2011
Although it's difficult to get any child to read, the boys' market particularly challenges publishers. According to ... [GalleyCat]

Poppy Montgomery Plays J.K. Rowling in Unofficial Biopic - Posted March 21, 2011
The Daily Mail has released photos of actress Poppy Montgomery portraying author J.K. Rowling in the unofficia... [semanticweb.com]

Poppy Montgomery Plays J.K. Rowling in Unofficial Biopic - Posted March 21, 2011
The Daily Mail has released photos of actress Poppy Montgomery portraying author J.K. Rowling in the unofficia... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Sneak Peek - Posted March 21, 2011
As Harry Potter fans wait until the July 15th release of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Warner Brothers has delivered a behind-the-scenes look at the final film of the movie franchise. The video embedded above features interviews with principal actors Daniel Radcliffe... [GalleyCat]

Jennifer Lawrence To Play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Adaptation - Posted March 17, 2011
Winter's Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence will play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film ad... [AllTwitter]

Jennifer Lawrence To Play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Adaptation - Posted March 17, 2011
Winter's Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence will play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film ad... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Walking Tour Available Next Year - Posted March 7, 2011
Starting next spring, Warner Bros. will offer Harry Potter fans a walking tour through the movie production space located in Leavesden, England. The video embedded above features a news clip about the tour. Here's more from ... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Fans: Start Following J.K. Rowling and Prepare for some Twitter-Based Disappointment - Posted March 4, 2011
No amount of magical wizardry can make J.K. Rowling start using Twitter, it seems. The much-beloved writer does have a Twitter account, but she has made it abundantly clear to her hundreds of thousands of expectant followers that she won't be giving up the goods on her... [AllTwitter]

Author Stephen Chbosky to Direct Adaptation of His Own Novel - Posted January 26, 2011
Author Stephen Chbosky will direct a film adaptation of his 1999 novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. According to New York Magazine, Chbosky will write the screenplay as well... [GalleyCat]

What Will the Stars Do After Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows? - Posted November 19, 2010
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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 1: Will It Sell Books? - Posted November 18, 2010
Every time a Harry Potter movie is released, sales for the book series rise. However, according to the Nielsen Company's research, the movie boost has decreased with each film. In the graphic embedded above, you can see how series book sales have increased in the lead-up... [GalleyCat]

'Harry Potter' Leak Could Help Ticket Sales - Posted November 18, 2010
On Tuesday, the first 36 minutes of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part I turned up on Bittorrent. ... [PRNewser]

Rare 'Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone' Copy Stolen - Posted November 16, 2010
A man and a woman stole a first-edition copy of Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone at the "Art You Grew Up With Exhibition" in Ox... [GalleyCat]

Daniel Radcliffe Unlikely to Play Harry Potter Again - Posted November 15, 2010
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Harry Potter Fans Flock To New Film, Still No eBooks In Sight - Posted November 11, 2010
Harry Potter fans braved the cold and rain to attend the premiere o... [Inside Mobile Apps]

5 Upcoming Literary Adaptations - Posted November 1, 2010
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J.K. Rowling Rejected Michael Jackson's Harry Potter Musical Proposal - Posted October 22, 2010
... [GalleyCat]

J.K. Rowling First Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award - Posted October 20, 2010
J.K. Rowling (pictured) has won the newly established the Hans Christian Andersen literature award. She accepted the 500,000 kroner (approximately $75,000) award at a ceremony at Odense, Denmark... [GalleyCat]

Picture Books: Fading or Flourishing? - Posted October 13, 2010
The New York Times generated hundreds of comments last week, reporting that picture books don't sell very well anymore. The article offered a few explanations, including the increasing pressures of school-is... [GalleyCat]

Do We Need Three Million Books a Year? - Posted November 23, 2009
According to Scribd CTO Jared Friedman (pictured), the solution to a healthier publishing industry is simple: increase the amount of books available from 300,000 to 3 million. Over at our sibling blog ... [GalleyCat]

Kids' Books Pop Up To Snare Kids - Posted August 24, 2007
In his newest Weekend Adviser column, Robert Hughes looks at the latest generation of pop-up books. With Harry Potter's final volume now old news, publishers in the $2.5 billion children's book industry are trying new tricks. They are putting out vintage-lookin... [GalleyCat]

FBLA 20 Questions: Matt Haley - Posted August 20, 2007
FBLA so seldomly encounters Pynchon enthusiasts among our readers. But Matt Haley, one of the creative talents behind Who Wants to be a Superhero as well as a superhero artisthero, defied our admittedly low expectations when he answered our mythic questions. ... [FishbowlLA]

Harry Potter Ending Causes Consternation for Bookies - Posted August 8, 2007
There's probably no real way to report on this without engaging in some spoiler fun, but what the hell: the Guardian reports that the somewhat ambiguous ending of the last Harry Potter book has forced bookie William Hill to pay out on thousands of bets on the fate... [GalleyCat]

UK Retail Sales Down in July - Posted August 7, 2007
So much for the Harry Potter phenomenon. The Guardian reports that tail sales grew at their slowest pace since November last month, according to the British Retail Consortium. While Harry Potter flew to the rescue of booksellers, other retailers were hit by a combination of rising interest rates and poor weather... [GalleyCat]

Yes, Virginia, Harry Potter Changed the Publishing Industry - Posted August 3, 2007
As sales of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS climb enough to sell out its first printing - prompting Scholastic to up the number of copies in print to 14 million - AP's Hillel Italie asks a slew of publishing mo... [GalleyCat]

The Ticker: ABC Suit, Nightline, JK & Today... - Posted July 25, 2007
> Even after a "full retraction and apology on the air," a California preacher is moving ahead with his lawsuit against 20/20. The LA Times has the story. >... [TVNewser]

HP-1: The Queue Begins in Earnest - Posted July 20, 2007
The Bookseller already has one of their reporters stationed outside Waterstone's in Piccadily, where people have been waiting outside the store since Wednesday. Yes, Wednesday. Today alone, hundreds of Harry Potter fans have been braving torrential rain to queue outside bookstores in a bid to... [GalleyCat]

HP-1: Asda Prices HP7 at 5 pounds - Posted July 20, 2007
Supermarket Asda has set a new benchmark for pricing as it will be selling HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS for an unprecedented 5, 72% off the recommended retail price, reports the Bookseller's Graeme Neill. Bloomsbury said they were "bemused' by Asda's pricing and warned t... [GalleyCat]

Did a PW Editor buy an Embargoed Copy of HP7? - Posted July 19, 2007
In its inevitable piece on the aftermath of Harry Potter spoiler and copy proliferation, the Washington Post's Monica Hesse tracked down Atlanta-based engineer Will Collier who, though only a casual Harry reader, had ordered an advance copy of DEATHLY HALLOWS off DeepDiscount. When the book arrived four days early, Hesse writes,... [GalleyCat]

HP-3: BA Slams Potter Discounts - Posted July 18, 2007
Tim Godfray, chief executive of the Booksellers Association (BA), has slammed the "crazy" levels of discounts being used by retailers to flog the latest Harry Potter book. Godfray said the book industry had been "considerably weakened by this deep discounting", reports the Bookseller. The strong comments follow a day of extraordinary... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Leaked! - Posted July 17, 2007
Don't worry, nerds: no spoliers here This was bound to happen. Farhad Manjoo (actual name), the Machinist blogger at Salon, managed to download PDF photos &#151 literally, photos — of each page of the book. And while he's not into spoilers, he's very clear... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Harry Potter Leaked! - Posted July 17, 2007
Don't worry, nerds: no spoliers here This was bound to happen. Farhad Manjoo (actual name), the Machinist blogger at Salon, managed to download PDF photos &#151 literally, photos — of each page of the book. And while he's not into spoilers, he's very clear... [FishbowlNY]

Asda and Bloomsbury Make Up - Posted July 17, 2007
The Bookseller reports that Bloomsbury and supermarket chain Asda have resolved their dispute, after the giant retailer apologised for accusing the Harry Potter publisher of holding... [GalleyCat]

HP-4: Bloomsbury and Asda at War - Posted July 17, 2007
Boy, this is big news in its own right: the Bookseller reported that Bloomsbury had canceled Asda's 500,000 Harry Potter order and declared the supermarket a "Harry Potter free zone". The publisher said that it had taken the decision because it had not been paid by the chain, but it has... [GalleyCat]

Friday the 13th: Wanna Get Lucky? - Posted July 13, 2007
Friday the 13th might prove lucky for some. Larry King talks with astronaut Buzz Aldrin about UFOS. Skeptic Michael Shermer speaks for science, rational mind, common sense. CNN/6pm PDT. Captivity opens, ... [FishbowlLA]

Warner Bros. Tags Septimus Heap As Next Film Franchise - Posted July 13, 2007
Harry Potter is coming to an end, and the movies are only two books behind, so no wonder Warner Brothers is making sure to line up what it thinks will be its next big franchise. And according to the Ho... [GalleyCat]

NEA Extends Doom & Gloom to Teen Readers, Too - Posted July 9, 2007
The Boston Globe reports on preliminary results of a report on children's reading by the National Endowment for the Arts, due to be released in the fall, and the results look about as good as they did for the 2002 report on adults' reading. "Reading scores and rates seem to be... [GalleyCat]

HP-19: The Cultural Phenomenon - Posted July 2, 2007
Predictions of Harry's Fate. Record pre-orders. Upcoming bookstore bonanza release parties. And to think, just 10 years ago, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE was released in the UK with a tiny print run (based off a tinier advance) little fanfare and a warning to J.K. Rowling not to expect to... [GalleyCat]

HP-19: Effect on Children's Books Sales - Posted July 2, 2007
In one of the least surprising bits of publishing news out this week, the New York Times' Alex Mindlin reports that children's book sales in 2006 rose last year at a rate that disappointed the industry, according to a report released in June by the Book Industry Study Group. Granted, that'... [GalleyCat]

Today's Obligatory Harry Potter Roundup - Posted June 27, 2007
With the publication date of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS less than a month away, expect the volume of stories to increase (even if the quality, or significance, may not correlate.) Today we have a few choice morsels including: A rare first edition bought by a UK schoolgirl fetched 9,000 pounds.... [GalleyCat]

Sundown on Sunset: The Sweet Life - Posted June 22, 2007
What a week! Pinkberry sells not-too-sweet goo made from food-like products. Speaking of sweet goo, the Spice Girls are re-uniting. Hilary ... [FishbowlLA]

Harry Potter Publisher Claims to Strike Gold Once Again - Posted June 11, 2007
The Independent's Arifa Akbar reports that Barry Cunningham, the former Bloomsbury employee who championed a little-known children's book named HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE, claims to have done it again. Now the managing director of Chicken House publishing, he's signed up TUNNELS, a debut children's fantasy novel about "a boy... [GalleyCat]

What of the Harry Potter Offshoots? - Posted May 10, 2007
The question is very much on the minds of many who follow everything related to Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling and the WSJ's Jeff Trachtenberg asks the question in more detail. With the final volume in the series slated for publication on July 21, will it mean that few additions will... [GalleyCat]

Borders Offers Unauthorized Harry Potter Books - Posted April 18, 2007
Borders announced today that, no doubt in a bid to cash in further on Harry Potter-mania, they are offering two exclusive Harry Potter related books: THE GREAT SNAPE DEBATE, by Amy Berner, Orson Scott Card and Joyce Millman, and THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY POTTER by Adam Troy Castro. Both are priced at... [GalleyCat]

Books into Theme Parks - Posted April 16, 2007
If there's a third one out there, then I can safely call the transformation of books into theme parks a bona fide trend. But for now, let's gawp at the latest news on this front: First is the announcement that Dickens World, a theme park devoted to - you guessed it -... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Printer Struggling - Posted April 12, 2007
St Ives, the book and magazine printer worth 350 million pounds (much in part because of its role in printing the Harry Potter novels in the UK) said yesterday that it was open to bid offers and would consider breaking up the group, reports the Times. The announcement came as St... [GalleyCat]

Arrests in India on Pirated Book Charges - Posted April 5, 2007
Six people were arrested for distribution and printing of pirated books worth Rs.135 million in the national capital, reports the Indo-Asian News Service. According to police, raids were conducted after a complaint from some foreign publishing houses, including the Publishers Association of United Kingdom, HarperCollins, Random House and Hodder Headline. They... [GalleyCat]

'Humiliation' Taken to Logical Extremes - Posted March 12, 2007
Author David Lodge popularized a game where you go around in a circle and name a book you claim to have read when in fact you haven't, and now a new survey conducted in Britain conducted by a researcher at the University of Leeds doesn't just confirm this practice, but reveals... [GalleyCat]

No Profit on Harry Potter for Indie Bookstores - Posted January 16, 2007
The Telegraph picks up on the findings of the Bookseller's survey of independent publishers last week, which concluded that a quarter of independent booksellers say that they will not stock the final Harry Potter book when it is published because they claim they cannot make a profit on it. The main... [GalleyCat]

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