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Posts Tagged ‘JK Rowling’

‘Blood Feud’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

blood-fued-cover-250Blood Feud by Edward Klein has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 18.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 6/30/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

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‘The Silkworm’ Debuts on iBooks Bestsellers List

silkwormThe Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 6/23/14. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich and All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner also made the list this week.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

JK Rowling Talks About New Book on Twitter

jkrowlingAuthor JK Rowling took to Twitter this week to talk about her new book The Silkworm, her second book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

In a tweet she shared a photo of Galbraith’s autograph.

She also thanked her fans and tweeted back at those that sent her questions. (Via

J.K. Rowling May Have a Few More Crime Novels Up Her Sleeve

jkrowlingJ.K. Rowling‘s foray into crime novels could prove to be serial. The Harry Potter writer reportedly has plans for up to seven novels starring private investigator Cormoran Strike, the protagonist in The Cuckoo’s Calling.

Rowling published the book last April. It was her first title written under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The Silkworm, the second book in the series, is coming out in June. In this novel, Strike will investigate the murder of a novelist.

According to a report in The Sunday Times, Rowling is currently working on the third book in the series and could have as many as seven titles.

Lawyer Pays For Revealing That Robert Galbraith Was JK Rowling Pseudonym

cuckoo304JK Rowling‘s lawyer has been fined £ 1,000 from a British legal watchdog for leaking the fact that his client had published the detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The revelations came only a couple of months after Mulholland Books published the work.

Reuters has the scoop: “Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, which represented the Harry Potter author, leaked one of the publishing world’s biggest secrets to his wife’s best friend – who then tweeted Galbraith’s real identity to a journalist. Rowling, Britain’s best-selling author, was furious when she found out that a partner at her London-based law firm had revealed she was the author of ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’.”

Rowling took legal action against Gossage and his friend Judith Callegari and won. The firm apologized to Rowling, paid her legal fees and made a donation to the Soldiers’ Charity, a charity of her choosing.

Madonna To Star in Comic Book

Madonna has had a pretty colorful life, and pretty soon you’ll be able to see it in full color. Independent publisher Bluewater Productions has a new comic book coming out in August based on the star’s life.

Female Force: Madonna is the illustrated story of the star’s life as written by CW Cooke and drawn by Michael Johnson. The book tells the story of how a struggling dancer in New York became one of the biggest pop stars in history. The book also highlights Madonna’s influence on other artists. “Most pop stars owe everything to this woman. It’s amazing all of the things that she’s done in her lifetime, and I have a feeling that this is still only the beginning,” stated Cooke.

Bluewater’s Female Force series featured other prominent women, including: Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, JK Rowling, Ellen Degeneres and Sarah Palin.

Harry Potter and the Illusion of Moneymaking

I’m really linking to this Sunday Telegraph piece on why many in the book trade are worried sick over the impending release of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS for the left-hand graphic – which sums up said worries rather well, as many retailers are privately fuming that such a huge event will leave them no richer. “It really is incredible that no one apart from JK [Rowling] and Bloomsbury will make a shekel. When you think of the work we have to do and the hoops we have to jump through around the launch, it is unbelievable,” says the managing director of one of the UK’s largest book retailers.

Old news, but the piece spells out what a pickle booksellers are in more clearly than usual. That’s because Bloomsbury set the recommended retail price at 17.99 pounds and offers HP7 to booksellers at anywhere between a 45 to 55 percent discount. But because of price wars between bookstores and supermarkets, the final Harry Potter volume will be sold at half-price or less. Even for those with little interest in number crunching, the math is obvious: zero profit or a loss.

And no matter how much spin there is about the Potter books bringing in potential customers who will then buy more books, that didn’t exactly happen in a large scale when HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX was released in 2005, and Tesco & Asda are even more major players today. So Potter 7, says the Telegraph, “is being treated with a mixture of excitement and anxiety among book retailers. Excitement because the book will bring people flooding into their stores. But anxiety because retailers fear that the days of no-profit blockbusters could be here to stay.” And I’d say that fear is reality, especially in the UK.

Books into Theme Parks

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 – the work and life of Charles Dickens, has had its opening delayed to May 25. The BBC reports that the one-month delay of the four-acre attraction in Chatham, Kent had been caused by a problem with the standard of some of the materials supplied for their interactive shows. A spokeswoman said: “Dickens World is a complex visitor attraction. Some of the elements for the interactive displays are coming from overseas and at a project meeting this morning it was decided that they weren’t sufficiently finished to our standards.”

Then there’s the inevitable theme park for Harry Potter, as the Sun reports Universal Studios is close to finalizing a deal to build Harry Potter World at its amusement park in Orlando, Florida. The park, once built, will include rollercoasters and rides based on the plots of JK Rowling‘s novels. Nikki Finke actually broke the story first on her blog last Friday, and has more details on the plans. I must say I would totally ride a Quidditch-themed rollercoaster… and Ron says the final blueprints had better include a Diagon Alley shopping strip, too.

Meta Potter Portal

Trust AbeBooks to come up with a different spin on a Harry Potter website portal, eschewing the usual book information & tidbits for more offbeat items, like books about the Harry Potter books, what JK Rowling should read, translations of Potter from over 50 countries to meeting the real Harry Potters. Of course, there’s also lots on the rare books front, including an interview with an anonymous individual who paid the jaw-dropping sum of $37,000 for a first UK edition of the first Potter book. A sum that may not be close to the ceiling price. “I believe the value will keep growing,” said the man dubbed Mr X. “I don’t think that we will realize a profit from the book in my lifetime but I feel a certain joy in seeing its value increase. In the meantime, the book is well protected and very well insured.” It had better be at that price…