Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Updates and e-Wizards

Big thanks to all 782 of you who entered the EVE HALLOWS AND THE BOOK OF SHRIEKS giveaway over at Goodreads.  I've been notified of the 5 winners, and I'll have the books in the mail by Saturday.

If you're like me and you never win squat, don't worry.  There'll be more contests coming up in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.  Of course, the ebook is available for $2.99 here , so if you want to skip the whole contest thing, well, you won't be hurting my feelings by making a purchase.

Now that I'm done with that, let's get on to some actual important news ...  After a really long and painful delay, all seven Harry Potter books are finally available in ebook format.  What's most interesting, at least to me, is that Rowling has decided to sell them exclusively through her Pottermore site; however, if you visit Amazon, B&N, and a  few others, they show the ebooks for sale, but when you try to purchase one, you get redirected to Pottermore--something I've never seen a online book retailer do with an ebook before. (Heck, I can't recall any product having that much swagger.)  I did find it a bit curious that every major ebook retailer is listed, except for Apple.  They of the high and mighty refused to bend the rules even for The Boy Who Lived, it would seem.  Not that Apple needs the cash, but their iBookstore isn't exactly the king of the hill, either.

Anyway, it's gonna be fun to watch how this all plays out.  On the one hand, most people already own the books.  On the other, it took so long for the ebooks to come out that people who really wanted them already downloaded them illegally.  And on the third hand, this is J.K. Rowling we're talking about, and she's become quite comfortable with smashing every known record there is to be smashed.

And she priced the ebooks at $7.99 - $9.99, which, I must say, gives this whole venture some serious legs.


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