July 02, 2011

Hey GoodChoiceReaders!!

So every Saturday, we want to try to put up something from the book world that we think is newsworthy - or that you should just be paying some attention to. This Saturday, there are two cool new book news items:

Harry Potter to be Released as E-Books

J.K. Rowling announced on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 that all the Harry Potter's books will be going digital. (I don't know about you but this makes me crazy excited!!!) Starting in October 2011, you will be able to buy all 7 novels as e-books and audiobooks (in multiple languages) for the first time, through her new website, Pottermore.

J.K. Rowling has also written new Harry Potter material for the interactive site.

Check out the video for more info on Pottermore. The site goes live on July 31, 2011.

YA Author John Green to Sign All Pre-orders of Next Novel

So I'm not sure how many GCReaders have read or picked up books by YA author John Green, but he is doing something revolutionary in the publishing world. John's next book, The Fault is in the Stars comes out in May 2012, and his announcement has already made his book have a massive number of pre-orders on both amazon.com and BN.com.

So what did John do?

He made a promise that every single person who pre-orders his book will have a signed copy, by him personally, with a sharpie pen! No matter where you buy it from, you will have a signed copy.

Now of course, his fans are going nuts, and it makes me wonder how Penguin is going to manage something like that. But my question is: is it going to put more pressure on other authors' to do the same?

Would you pre-order a book just to have the author's signature in it?



  1. I would totally pre-order on the guarantee of a signature if the author was one I really enjoyed although... it's likely that I would pre-order a book from such an author neway ^.^

  2. @Sniffly Kitty - that is such a good point! But I think I enjoy getting the book in a store on the day it comes out, so in order to make me pre-order, I'd probably rely on that signature. Thanks for the comment :)


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