Submitted by Blake on August 3, 2005 - 3:47pm
Daniel sent over This Essay on Harry and the Canadian Lawyers. In a free and democratic society, a book publisher sought and obtained a court order banning reading and discussion of a childrenâ€™s book. In fact, Raincoast had asked the court to go even further, by compelling purchasers to disclose the names, addresses, and other contact information of any other person with whom they discussed the bookâ€™s contents.
Submitted by Blake on July 31, 2005 - 10:51pm
Maybe all that secrecy didn't pay off? The Scotsman Says JK Rowling is set to lose millions of pounds of royalties because rogue translations of her books are appearing on the internet months before the official editions are printed.
Strict secrecy surrounding the latest Harry Potter book, meant that official translators did not get hold of the new volume until the English edition was published, meaning that millions of Potter fans must wait until next year to obtain official copies of the book in their first language.
Submitted by rochelle on July 28, 2005 - 2:13pm
Zogby's polled Harry Potter readers to find out their political affiliations, and to see in which house of Hogwarts they would place prominent political figures. George Bush will be joined by Hillary Clinton in Slytherin. Those polled also said that they would rather see Hermione as president of the US, by an overwhelming majority, with Ron Weasley being the character least likely to find himself in the White House.
Submitted by Blake on July 27, 2005 - 1:14pm
Daniel writes "Sad News for Spanish readers, looks like spanish-speaking Potter fans will have to wait until Spring 2006. While millions have already finished the sixth book in J.K. Rowling's fantasy series, fans hoping to read it in other languages will have to wait. Translating a 672-page book is a long process, made longer by the strict security imposed on "Half-Blood Prince" by Rowling and her publishers: Translators didn't get to see the book until it officially came out, July 16."
Submitted by Blake on July 24, 2005 - 8:15pm
lislemck writes "Here's a review with no spoilers that seems to put a different gloss on Harry's most recent adventures. Of course, J. K. Rowling does not live in a vacuum, but I don't think of her as political. I haven't read Half-Blood. Anyone who has care to comment?"
Submitted by Blake on July 23, 2005 - 10:12pm
Anonymous Patron writes "John Granger, an outspoken advocate of Harry among Christians, just posted his rebuttal to the rumors of the Pope's criticism of Harry Potter. Check it out at: hogwartsprofessor.com"
Submitted by Blake on July 21, 2005 - 8:33pm
Scotsman.com Reports Lynne Jones, the Birmingham Selly Oak MP, wants authors and publishers to stop supermarkets undercutting other outlets by two-thirds. She Said "I therefore call on publishers and best-selling authors like JK Rowling to consider the threat to the viability of bookshops of such practices offering a full range of titles and to set terms in publishing contracts to prevent this extreme discounting."
Meanwhile, ten MPs, led by East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson, have put down another EDM defending Ms Rowling against criticism from the Pope that her books might encourage children to become interest in the occult.
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2005 - 8:15pm
Anonymous Patron writes "Colby Cosh Asks Will our grandchildren remember J.K. Rowling? It comforts him to consider whether our grandchildren will have any idea who J.K. Rowling was -- it's a fairly safe bet they won't. He also asks what are we supposed to make of a billionairess who sets the Dementors of litigation on the very people who made her rich?"
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2005 - 6:18am
CTV.ca reports Some Harry Potter fans may have found it difficult to decipher the boy wizard's latest adventure.
An unknown number of first edition copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were released with upside-down covers and sideways type.
While Chicago Sun-Times reports some copies of the latest Harry Potter book are missing the first chapter, according to Scholastic, publisher of the fantasy series.
Submitted by Dan G. on July 19, 2005 - 4:33am
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2005 - 10:10pm
The Pacific Business News says Harry is helping sell books, other books. This refers not just to leach literature that makes money from interest in Harry Potter specifically -- there is a book that defines all the terms in the series, and another that explains the many mythological creatures that appear or are discussed in the books -- but to other series by other authors.
"Harry Potter has done two important things," Gum explained. "The first is that children and their parents now realize that children are perfectly capable of reading very long books. The second is that the Potter series has spawned a whole wave of fantasy and magic books."
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2005 - 6:05pm
The pope has criticized them, churches have burned them.
But the books are still being read.
The â€œHarry Potterâ€? series, which released its sixth volume Saturday, has inspired three blockbuster movies and millions of young readers around the world.
Educators call the books a gateway to reading.
Religious leaders call them a gateway to the occult.
More, from The Brownsville Herald.
Submitted by Dan G. on July 15, 2005 - 6:17pm
Anonymous Patron writes "If you're not sick of Harry Potter news yet, here's a few interesting looks at the big boy and what he's up to.
Finding Christianity -- in Harry Potter, From The Express-Times, has author John Granger "Her books are stuffed with Christianity and fall over themselves with Christian meaning"
Harry Potter books led millions to love reading reporting the first Harry Potter generation is almost all grown up. Instead of braces, they have piercings. Stubble has sprouted. They're driving, dating, making plans for college. And yes, reading.
From The Economist, Harry Potter and the all-too-rare windfall says Potter is an oddity in an industry that is growing slowly and rarely sees bumper profits."
Submitted by bentley on July 15, 2005 - 5:03am
A tale from Tucson (posted on the library_grrls Livejournal community):
When do 7 of the 9 Library techs leave?
At 2:30 pm.
And when did all of our HP get delivered down at the loading dock?
At 2:25 pm. [More]
Submitted by Brian on July 14, 2005 - 11:15pm
The Guardian asked readers to write an account of Albus Dumbledore dying, in the style of an author other than J.K. Rowling.** Versions "by" Dickens, Hemingway, Anne Rice, Hunter Thompson, and many more are here. Some are more entertaining than others, of course.
** (The writing is in the style of another author, not the dying.)
Submitted by birdie on July 14, 2005 - 8:52pm
...the stores mistakenly informed many of their customers by e-mail that the books would arrive late.
Heaven (or Hogwarts) forbid!!!
The sad, sad Story .
Submitted by birdie on July 14, 2005 - 3:54pm
...by Miranda Puckett, in The Roanoke (VA) Times.
In a brief biographical bit, the author admits, yes, that she's a fan, but "Don't get me wrong; I'm not the most extreme Potter fan in Roanoke. I don't sleep between licensed Harry Potter sheets, cast spells or have a huge crush on Daniel Radcliffe (the actor who plays Harry Potter in the movies). I haven't even dressed up as a Hogwarts character.
Submitted by Blake on July 14, 2005 - 1:06pm
From Life Site: a note that said that Pope Benedict XVI (former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) expressed serious reservations about the novels is now finally being revealed to the English-speaking world--still under the impression that the Vatican approves of the Potter novels.
In a letter dated March 7, 2003 Cardinal Ratzinger thanked Kuby for her "instructive" book Harry Potter - gut oder bÃ¶se (Harry Potter- good or evil?), in which Kuby says the Potter books corrupt the hearts of the young, preventing them from developing a properly ordered sense of good and evil, thus harming their relationship with God while that relationship is still in its infancy.
Thanks Steven M Cohen for the link.
Submitted by birdie on July 13, 2005 - 12:08pm
You can't get your hands on it (except you librarians and booksellers, but mum's the word), but it's getting cheaper and cheaper to acquire a copy of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" as we get closer to its release on July 16th.
Story from South Africa about reduced prices for Harry in a Cape Town chain store (where the as-yet-released title is called a 'loss leader'), as well as a world-wide round-up (Britain, US, UK, Canada) on cut-rate copies of the book.
And here, from today's copy of the Shelf-Awareness newsletter, a note from Australia about how you hear the book in its entirety FOR FREE:
"Once Harry Potter goes on sale in Australia (at 9:01 a.m. local time Saturday), a Brisbane FM radio station will broadcast a reading of the book in its entirety. Celebrities, locals and Potter fans will take turns reading 10-minute passages of the book from in front of a Borders. The station received permission to do the reading from the Christopher Little agency, which required that the reading be continuous, for nonprofit use and not recorded."
Submitted by Mock Turtle on July 13, 2005 - 1:45am
It transformed a struggling teacher into one of Britain's most wealthy women and created a multimillion-pound publishing phenomenon.
But apart from making JK Rowling Scotland's richest woman, the teenage wizard she created has also persuaded millions of children to spend less time on computer games and televisions and more time with books.
New research by the Federation of Children's Book Groups (FCBG), shows that JK Rowling's storytelling has had a major impact on literacy and reading habits in the UK.
Read the whole story from Scotsman.com