Harry Potter and the Dam-Busters – you heard it here first!

We interrupt the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun blogfest for a news update.

So now it’s official.

JK Rowling IS going digital, and there’s much chatter among the writing classes about what this means for us all.

The consensus is more e-reader sales, more kudos to e-publishing, and a Christmas bonanza in 2011.

Actually, here at MWi we were saying exactly this way back in April. It seems appropriate therefore to reproduce that post today.

The figures for Sugar & Spice sales are a little dated, of course, but the main thrust of the post seems as pertinent today as three months ago and is reproduced here as was.

Remember, you heard it here first! 🙂

Harry Potter and the Dam-Busters.

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  1. Yes, I’ve been hearing (or reading, if you will) the arguments about whether or not she’s considered and “indie”.

    Um, ‘scuse me? Think ya’ll are missing the point.

    And the point is what you have said right here. That JKW going digital (indie or not) means more e-reader sales. Which translates into more e-book sales AND more exposure for the e-publishing world in general. Including us indies.

    And with two, possibly three, books out by this Christmas, I’m definitely looking forward to that bonanza! 🙂

    • It’s bizarre how some commentators are geting hung up yet again on the “indie” argument.

      Obviously she’s not an indie publisher. Rowling will be selling the ebook versions of her paper published books and using the hype they created.

      Self published? Given she’s created her own publishing company, clearly so. In strict terms, she’s the only “self-publisher” – all the rest of us are actually published by Amazon or whatever. We mere mortals are just self-uploaders.

      But this is the wake up call for all those with their heads in the sand about epublishing. The slippery slope for paper has just been freshly greased.

  2. I’m delighted she’s doing this. It opens up reading to an even more savvy young generation than the last HP generation and it gives a degree of gravitas not just to the world of the e-published but to the world of the independently published.
    On another note entirely, what wouldn’t I give to have had such a build-up on Youtube and then such a superbly rendered animation for the release of my next book (A Thousand Glass Flowers) in September. Ms.Rowling is a class act!

    • I shall avoid getting into an argument with you over Harry Potter (just this once!) and agree JK is a class act.

      No question the impact this will have. It is the final push paper needs to send it over the edge and into oblivion.

      Looking forward to A Thousand Glass Flowers. Needless to say we expect you over here at MWi to tell us all about it when the time comes.

      Wil you be including any of those beautiful illustrations from the blog in the actual e-book?

  3. Sounds like I ought to ask my hubby for a Kindle this Chrsitmass… Or what even e-book reader he deems appropriate (I trust his judgement in all thing electronic…

    But first to finish reading the last Harry Potter Book! (On loan from my boss, in hardcover format…)

    :} Cathryn / Elo

    • Presuming the new colour Kindle is safely out by then I’d recommend a Kindle simply because Amazon has a far better range of indie writers than the others, and so far Amazon has far better pricing for readers.

  4. Yup. Your crystal ball saw it all coming. (Just like mine predicted the peaking of Facebook.) Rowling won’t need a publisher at all for her next books. It will be interesting to see how she goes with this.

    If debut authors are better off without publishers, and superstars are better off without publishers, that leaves the midlist–the very writers legacy publishers have spurned. It will be interesting to see what the legacy guys do.

    • Most interesting will be what prices she chooses. One thing’s for sure, she can’t blame price on the publishers.

      Presumably they will continue to paper publish the books too, for as along as they can.

      I guess what others do will depend foremost on what their contractual position is with e-rights.

      Harry Potter is anyway tailor made for digital animation, family-friendly websites and interactive ebooks in a way that say Stephen King or James Patterson are not, so something like Pottermore is unlikely to emulated by many..

      But as paper disappears and digital becomes the norm it makes sense for major players to cut out both agent and publisher and at very least upload direct to Amazon, etc and keep the full percentage themselves.

      And I’m not at all sure the eggs-in-one-basket approach would work for most.

      As a reader I want to go to Amazon and do my book shopping in one go (I stress Amazon because the other UK e-sites are too expensive, and B&N is inaccessible outside the US). I certainly don’t want to have to then go Patterson’s or King’s or Rowling’s site to see what their latest offering is, and have to set up another purchasing account for each site.

      Self-publishing is clearly the way forward, but restricting your own distribution channels seems a bizarre business model for the future.

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