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Did a PW Editor buy an Embargoed Copy of HP7?

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, Collier took immediate and responsible action: He placed it on sale on eBay with a reserve price of $250. Collier said the book was purchased yesterday by an editor at Publisher’s Weekly.

PW didn’t comment on Collier’s claim, to the post, and it remains unverified for now, but it’s interesting to note that he was interviewed extensively by Deputy Editor Karen Holt in a PW Daily piece about the embargo breach published yesterday. In fact, Holt also mentioned the Ebay sale, adding that Collier did so without reading the book and with harsh words for anyone who would reveal the book’s contents. “I think that’s pretty rotten,” he said. “When I was a teen-ager, I wouldn’t have wanted anyone coming out of a movie theater telling me, “Darth Vader is Luke’s father.” And yet, the righteous indignation of this comment seems to be at odds with Collier’s behavior to the Washington Post – offering a written account of his story, which he’d sentimentally titled, “I Was an eBay Voldemort,” to the paper for $300. They declined, and now we want to know what’s really going on here…

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Publishers Weekly’s Revamped Website – Now with Blogs!

My initial reaction to PW’s brand-spankin’-new website was something on the order of a kvetch of “but why can’t I find anything?” Then I remembered that I tend to lose my keys every other minute and scatter things around the house, so my judgment on this part may be somewhat impaired. It’s more that things aren’t where they used to be, and the redesign does focus content more towards the center.

And of course, there are blogs. Lots of them. It’s great to see Bethanne Patrick‘s revived reader-centric Book Maven Blog, and Karen Holt‘s “The Morning After” is ideally suited to the blog format (even if pictures are scarce, odd for a party and lunch-focused blog). The jury’s still out on the other blogs, though Alison Morris‘s “ShelfTalker” can no doubt feed into the growing children’s lit blog presence and market. PW even promises podcasts, too, though the only one up right now is an old editorial from Sara Nelson.

Daddies Dish the Dirt on Parenting

Trust the Boston Herald’s Lauren Beckham Falcone to craft a trend piece out of Neal Pollack‘s just-published memoir ALTERNADAD, Steve Almond‘s daddyblog for Nerve and other upcoming books like MACK DADDY: MASTERING FATHERHOOD WITHOUT LOSING YOUR STYLE, YOUR COOL AND YOUR MIND. Because – guess what! – daddy diaries are the new mommy memoirs, as the millennium’s first-time fathers confront the ultimate antidote to cool – a kid. “I’ve never been lumped into a genre,” said Pollack. “When I turned my blog into a daddy blog, I got this sense that there was a vast universe out there with similar concerns and interests.”

Of course, fatherhood led to bestsellers by Bill Cosby and Paul Reiser in the late 80s and early 90s, but as Publishers Weekly’s Karen Holt points out, “what you’re seeing now is the genre of the cool dad – people who always thought they were much too cool to be parents – trying to figure it all out. There’s a built-in conflict that makes for an interesting book.” But will the trend be successful, or will it suffer the same fate as its fictional cousin, lad lit? Holt admits the latter trend “didn’t work” but “this is more of an authentic experience that appeals to an older man in his 30s and 40s. It’s also a way for all of those men out there breaking new parenting ground – the hipster who still goes out, who has a career, who is a good father. They can see themselves reflected in books.”