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HP-4: The Daily Roundup

  • Matthew Yglesias wonders why, instead of hating, a literary critic can’t publish “something that would situate the books in some kind of context vis-a-vis the much larger cultural sweep of the novel.” [Yglesias blog]
  • Then again, some critics like Lee Siegel might be doing just that. [LA Times]
  • What will Raincoast do after Potter is done? [Marketing Magazine]
  • Yet more on the massive discounting. [Independent]
  • Adults are just as wild about Harry as the kids. [LA Times]
  • Terence Blacker feels Harry Potter’s success masks missed opportunities by publishers. [Independent]
  • Israeli lawmakers are upset because Harry Potter will launch on the Sabbath. [AP]
  • More on the Potter leak. [NYT, LA Times, Boston Globe, AP and millions of other newspapers, blogs, websites, you name it.]
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    HP-4: Partial Manuscript Online?

    Like the hacker story last month, we’ll see if this story pans out, but CanWest News Service reports that Byron Ng, a 33-year-old based in Vancouver, has downloaded what appears to be about 60 per cent of the seventh and final Harry Potter book — even though the children’s novel isn’t supposed to be officially released until midnight Saturday.

    Ng said he went online and found what appeared to be the novel’s first few paragraphs mentioned in an article that appeared Sunday in The Guardian, based in the U.K. He used that information to Google and find the rest of the novel. He found that someone had posted what appeared to be first 495 pages of the 794-page book on a peer-to-peer sharing website where directions to pirated movies and other material are located. So he downloaded it too. “It is not an E-book or Word file, which is what people would normally do,” he said. “What some guy did was take pictures of it, 500 little files, each with a picture of a page. Someone took the trouble to do that.”

    spokesperson Jamie Broadhurst demurred when reached for comment by CanWest, but of course he would – and if a huge chunk of DEATHLY HALLOWS is available online through a torrent website, most likely, (or through a photo-sharing site, which prompted Scholastic to come calling) then it would make sense that the document’s only been downloaded about 507 times. Still, without anything excerpted, it’s impossible to give the story full credence….

    Harry Potter Gets Ecological

    AP’s Hillel Italie has more on a story circulating yesterday with regards to the next (and final) Harry Potter title, as Scholastic will join Bloomsbury and Raincoast in publishing HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS on ecologically friendly paper containing a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste (pcw) fiber. On Scholastic’s part, this news results from an agreement with the Rainforest Alliance, a conservation organization that works with the business community, on tightened environmental standards. “We applaud Scholastic’s progressive and bold commitment to support responsible forestry practices by buying FSC certified and recycled papers,” Liza Murphy, senior marketing manager in the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainable forestry program, said in a statement issued by Scholastic.

    The news is welcomed by Greenpeace, who protested the previous Harry Potter book’s US publication saying that Scholastic was not using enough recycled paper and urged consumers to buy copies from the Canadian publisher. For this new volume, their attitude is different. “Many of the Harry Potter fans worldwide have been able to enjoy the books on FSC-certified paper, and it’s great news that Ms. Rowling’s American readers can enjoy the final installment of Harry Potter while playing a part in responsible forest management,” said Greenpeace forest campaign coordinator Scott Paul.