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Al Stevens
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PostSubject: Harry Potter to be self-published as e-books by J.K. Rowling   Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:42 am

This annoucement adds huge credibility to the self-publishing and e-books movements.

http://www.pottermore.com/

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter to be self-published as e-books by J.K. Rowling   Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:51 am

Konrath's take on it:

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2011/06/jk-rowling-will-self-pub-harry-potter.html
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter to be self-published as e-books by J.K. Rowling   Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:11 am

"but rather it is authors who will render the Big 6 obsolete. The more authors who choose the self-pub route over legacy, the harder it will be for legacy publishers to stay afloat."

That doesn't make sense. The only reason she's able to do this is because those "legacy publishers" made her big with print books in the first place.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter to be self-published as e-books by J.K. Rowling   Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:20 am

True enough, LC, but it is possible now for authors of ebooks who have not been previously published to hit the one million bestseller status.

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter to be self-published as e-books by J.K. Rowling   Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:48 am

LC wrote:
The only reason she's able to do this is because those "legacy publishers" made her big with print books in the first place.
But that's not cause and effect. By being in that position, she is able to influence the marketplace and make changes. Does that reflect her lack of loyalty to an industry that totally ignored her until she got lucky? Maybe. I think instead that it reflects a business acumen that recognizes her position as it applies to current and coming trends. By exploiting both, she gives credence to a paradigm that until now has had equal shares of zealots and detractors.

Last week the argument was, "What future does the e-book have. JK won't have anything to do with it. She must know something."

This week it's, "E-books must be the coming thing. JK endorses the idea and is throwing her money behind it. She must know something."
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter to be self-published as e-books by J.K. Rowling   Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:28 pm

Makes sense, Al. Following the leader (success) drives the market.
It takes just a bit of success by a known entity to get things started. People jump on the bandwagon and suddenly there is a new trend.
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