J.K. Rowling’s new ebook: Literally unreadable – Thursday, JK Rowling’s new book “The Casual Vacancy” was released and digital readers were treated to a poorly formatted, impossible to read file. After a multitude of complaints, Hachette finally delivered an updated file sometime late yesterday afternoon. I can hardly believe that this was so messed up by Hachette and my conspiracy theorist mind is wondering whether this was done intentionally to drive readers to print?
“Yesterday the eBook file for The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling was released to all U.S. eBook retailers. There were issues with that file, including the adjustability of font color and size and adjustability of margins. As soon as Hachette was made aware of these issues a replacement file was uploaded to all eBook retailers. Hachette has requested that each retailer contact their customers directly about reloading their eBook. Any consumer who purchased the eBook on Thursday, September 27, before approximately 3:00pm ET, who has not heard from their retailer, should contact them and request that their eBook be reloaded. No consumer should have to repurchase the eBook.”paidContent
In other J.K. Rowling news, her book isn’t getting very good reviews but I saw the funniest tweet:
EXCLUSIVE: J.K. Rowling's reaction to Michiko Kakutani's negative review of THE CASUAL VACANCY http://t.co/tbFikiTZ
Michiko Kakutani is the NYTimes critic and the gif is this:
Pearson Launches New Early Edition eBook Service – Pearson is following the Baen model by releasing early edited versions of tech books. The books can only be purchased early “exclusively through Pearson” and they appear to be DRM free as they are selling in PDF, ePub and MOBI. Once the final version is done, the early adopters get a free upgrade to the finished version. I don’t know the cost, but I think this is innovative and I’m glad to see big time publishers trying something different.
Readers everywhere now have the opportunity to get early access to important, time-sensitive topics and technologies before the official publication. Available exclusively through Pearson, Early Edition multi-format eBooks (PDF, ePUB, and MOBI) have been through preliminary stages of editing and technical review, but content and presentation are not yet final. By purchasing an Early Edition, customers automatically will receive an updated, official edition of the multi-format eBook when it is available.Business Wire
Defamation Bill: websites may have increased liability for defamatory statements – There is a proposed law in the UK which would change the way website operators would be required to act about defamatory statements. If a judge would deem the statements defamatory, the website would need to remove those comments. The bill also provides a way for the allegedly defamed to learn the identity of the commenter leaving the defamatory statements if there is “sufficient information to bring proceeding”. Out-law.com
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com