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Posts Tagged ‘J.K. Rowling’

Pirated eBook Copies of Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’ Circulate

We have learned that pirated eBooks copies of Stephen King‘s print-only Joyland are circulating online.

UPDATE: Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai sent us this statement:

In the end you have to rely on the good behavior of the vast majority of the audience – I see no reason to think that pirates represent more than a small fraction of all consumers.  That doesn’t mean we don’t care about piracy – we do.  But it’s just one of the many punches you have to learn to roll with in the rough-and-tumble world of modern publishing.

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Five Things We’d Like To See On Pottermore

Yesterday, J.K. Rowling announced that she will be selling Harry Potter DRM-free eBooks from her new website Pottermore.com. The site, which launches in October, will also be the home of an interactive experience of Harry Potter designed in conjunction with digital agency TH_NK. It will include games, maps, character bios and 18,000 additional words from Rowling.

Rowling didn’t give away too much about what’s to come, so we’ve made a list of five things we’d like to see:
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30% of Teens Only Read 1 to 2 Books a Year

March 3rd is World Book Day in the UK, and as part of World Book Day the survey company Opinion Matters polled 1,583 adults and 505 teenagers aged 13-18  on how and what they read. The survey was intended to find favorite teenage reads past and present.

One in ten adults reported that their favorite book when they were a teenager was The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. And of course J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series was the top of the poll of today’s teenagers with 30.5% naming it as a favorite. J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, George Orwell‘s 1984 and The Diary of Anne Frank were the only books on both lists.

And when it comes to active reading, 18.6% read a book a week while  almost a third of teenagers (30.1%) said they only read a couple of books a year.

via Opinion Matters