Every month or so I like to take a break from author interviews and feature some of the latest news in the e-book world. Since my last news update on July 30th, the big news has been the launch of J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website. One million fans were given access to the site on August 15th, and the web is all abuzz with their reviews and comments, mostly good and some with suggestions for improvement. The site will be open to the public in October. In the meantime, this Huffington Post article gives a details look at what's available on the site.
The big impact of this site on publishing and the e-format is that J.K. Rowling kept the rights to the e-formats of all of her books. Now Harry Potter e-books will be available at last.....but only through the Pottermore website. All of her e-book sales will be independent of her traditional agent/publisher arrangement that she had for her print books.
This is yet another case (actually Pottermore is a HUGE case) that shows how the world of publishing has changed. Authors that have not had success with the traditional publishing world can now, thanks to the internet and social media, have the chance to sell our books directly to readers and actually do very well if they have a compelling story and an interested audience. We read many examples of this in my author interviews -- great authors with interesting stories and loads of rejections who tried the e-format and found themselves in the top ten of their e-bookstore.
You can read more about the Pottermore launch at these links: USA Today article, Shelf Life blog post, and the Pottermore Insider, the official Pottermore blog.
Time to update the Kids' E-book Bestseller List. It's always fun to have a look at who's breaking into the Top Ten! Happy Labor Day to all my American readers. Enjoy your long weekend. I hope you'll have time to read a great story.