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“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

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6 Comments

  1. Deb
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 07:18:46

    JKR could probably have republished the phone book and people would have bought it. But it is odd how badly some of her e-efforts have gone. Pottermore was supposed to be *it*, but even hardcore fans at this point are overwhelmingly meh (at best) about it. The Hachette error is so amateur it’s bizarre. (And yes, I understand it’s not Rowling herself doing the code for the site or ebooks.)

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  2. jmc
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 07:28:04

    I love the early ebook program at Baen — I read the new Vorkosigan book (well, technically Vorpatril book) in May or June, and am still looking forward to adding a paper copy to my collection. The cost was more than I usually pay for ebooks, but I seldom buy books in eformat while they are still out in hardback, so it’s kind of hard to judge. Also, Bujold is one of very few authors I would pay full cover price for in any format.

    Off to Pearson to see what’s on their virtual shelves…

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  3. SAO
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 11:56:24

    The Hachette thing is something I don’t get. They put a book up for sale without every opening the e-cover and skimming? Not to mention a final read-through.

    I bet you can find Hachette arguing that E-book prices should not be low because that would “devalue” the product.

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  4. Deb
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 11:58:15

    LOL @SAO. I wish I could Like that a la Facebook.

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  5. MrsJoseph
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 14:04:18

    Just because I’m not sure…but defamation is usually related to false statements? So this would apply to false defamatory statements online that have already been deemed to be so by a judge?

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  6. Nicole
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 22:29:23

    Was listening to NPR this morning and they had an interview with JKR. She basically said she was grateful that Potter made her so much money so she could just write whatever she wanted. I got the impression she really doesn’t care what people think about the book. And as a reader, I’m conflicted on whether I think that’s a bad thing or a good thing.

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