JK Rowling Really Is Self-Publishing: A Closer Look

Now that the dust has settled a little, I would like to take some time today to examine aspects of JK Rowling’s move into self-publishing. As soon as the announcement was made, various people were tying themselves into knots to describe this as anything other than self-publishing. “Although some are likely to see Rowling’s decision to be her own publisher for her e-books as a significant one for the industry at large, Potter is a unique franchise.” That was from Publisher’s Weekly. Aside from the ludicrous suggestion that any writer couldn’t set up a website and sell their own work direct to the public, note they use “decision to be her own publisher” instead of the dreaded words “self-publishing”. Some Read More…

JK Rowling To Self-Publish Harry Potter E-Books

In April, I predicted that a major international bestseller – a household name – would self-publish by the end of the summer. It looks like we won’t have to wait that long. JK Rowling announced the launch of Pottermore.com – which will be the exclusive vendor for the Harry Potter series in digital and audio formats. The e-books (and audiobooks) will be available – for the first time – from October, in a selection of languages. In addition, on YouTube, Rowling said the website would be host to “an interactive reading experience” which is separate from the e-books. The website will be “free-to-use”.