I guess I know the answer to this - because JK didn't allow it. She's always making things extra difficult. The Harry Potter area at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure is a terrific attraction, but because of her insistence, the shops are so small only a few folks can get into them at a time. I bet the lost revenue (if it could be calculated) is staggering. I won't buy these on Kindle until Amazon can sell them directly.
She likes to flaunt her power as much as possible. I guess since she lived without any for so long, now she must feel the need to show her superiority, even when it comes down to cutting her nose off to spite her face. I don't believe I will buy them either for that same reason.
No clue, did find a nice little surprise on my bank account this morning though. Apparently shopping at pottermore is a big scary evil "foreign country" purchase according to Bank of America.... $2 service charge...
"I bet the lost revenue (if it could be calculated) is staggering. "
And, I'm thinking that JKR doesn't care.
She is one of the few popular authors who has total rights to their ebooks. Instead of signing deals giving away pieces of the pie, she did it this way. Quite frankly, if more authors had that power I'm sure they'd do the same.
Oh yes, evil JK Rowling, wanting to retain control of her work while also offering what is by far the MOST liberal digital license I've ever seen offered on a major e-book title. Or, did you not notice, this way one purchase is good for any and every device you may have or may acquire in the future. It's a far better deal than the traditional model you want, which requires multiple purchases should one format not work for all devices in your household, or else "going without" the title on some of them, or if you simply switch e-readers in the future.
So, yeah, let's all curse and get pissed off because JK Rowling did us all a favor in violating the way things are usually done to let purchasers have a far wider use of their purchased title, and to do so at an at least reasonable price (have you looked at the e-book prices on Stephen King's latest, because "reasonable" is clearly going the way of the dodo in e-books). That makes perfect sense. Not.
JK Rowling in her book contract retained the deal over all ebook rights. Frankly speaking common sense and these would be directly from Amazon. She woul still get her cut. She has the right to do so. People here complain about big publishers with ebook prices near the same price as the paper retail book You can get all the Potter books used for far less. Its a matter of convenience. If you have multiple devices like Kindle, Ipad etc there is a good benefit that you can have it on both devices and sync etc.
J.K. Rowling is maintaining the rights to distribute the electronic versions of her books because digital distributions outlets like Amazon and Apple take as much as 45% of the total sales as fees. In order to deliver the books at the prices she wanted to, she had to distribute them through her own channel. Rather than bow to the power of the distributors, she proved that the content CREATOR should determine the price, not the 3rd party middle man. The reason it took so long to make the books available for electronic publishing is because 3rd party distributors (like Amazon) were not in a hurry to create an easy way to transfer the versions onto the readers in an effort to strong-arm J.K. into choosing an exclusive platform to distribute the titles. By holding out and sticking to her principals, the Harry Potter books are now universally available on ALL platforms and at a lower price than if they were distributed through traditional channels. Supporting J.K. by getting the books through Pottermore.com is actually sending a message to power-hungry distributors like Amazon and Apple, telling them that they don't dictate the price and distribution models.
[quote]I guess I know the answer to this - because JK didn't allow it. She's always making things extra difficult. The Harry Potter area at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure is a terrific attraction, but because of her insistence, the shops are so small only a few folks can get into them at a time. I bet the lost revenue (if it could be calculated) is staggering. I won't buy these on Kindle until Amazon can sell them directly. [OP]
JK not allowing it and insisting that all books go through her sight is exactly why. I just tried to buy the complete collection and at the end before the sale went through it said I HAD to buy credit card insurance. I'm sorry!? I HAVE TO BUY THIS INSURANCE to buy her friggen books!?!?!?! Screw her. I say don't buy her books. let all the work she did on this go down the pisser. Who does she think she is telling us we HAVE to buy this crap just to get her books. JK....Love the books and movies but I won't be buying anything else from you any more because of this. As Ron told Harry in the Goblet of Fire...."Piss off"
I'm actually pretty impressed at the price set for the books, as there is enough of a pent-up desire that I think JK Rowling could have charged substantially more and sold almost as many - at least initially. I think she was smart enough to retain the ebook rights and now she's reaping the benefits.
Isn't this the first time we've seen Amazon allow the sale of a book in Kindle format from a third party site? With no publisher in the middle, it would seem Amazon and JK Rowling were able to work out an arrangement that works to the benefit of both - as well as the buying public since we get the books we've wanted in ereader format and at a reasonable price. Win-Win-Win.
Jay G. Trombly you may want to actually do a web search to find out the real reason Amazon cannot directly sell HP ebooks before commenting. It has everything to do with DRM (Digital Rights Management). Every single book you purchase on Amazon can ONLY be read on a Kindle because of DRM. If you wanted to read the same book on your Nook you'd have to make a second purchase. That is NOT an advantage to the consumer.
HP ebooks purchased through Pottermore.com are DRM-free which is groundbreaking for the publishing industry. When you purchase on Pottermore.com you get 8 downloads which can be sent to your Kindle AND Nook AND PC/MAC AND iPhone/iPad AND Google Play for Android etc. So for one purchase you get to read the book on multiple devices instead of being restricted to a single type of device. Even Apple users can still read HP ebooks on their iPhones and iPads even though Apple refused to sign an agreement with Pottermore.com.
This is a huge benefit for consumers. Digital Music files are currently DRM-free and digital books should be DRM-free as well. Thanks to J.K Rowling an awesome precedent has been set. We should be thanking her for using her tremendous clout to do something positive for consumers.
I agree Tiffany. This was a little annoying to me - waiting so long and then jumping hoops to make the purchase (needed help from my bank to work THAT out). But with 8 downloads....how can I complain! The terms and conditions are quite generous and she is encouraging the sharing. I'm very impressed overall and can't wait to explore pottermore.
But you say that as if there is something wrong with wanting to make as much money as you can from your efforts and work. I find it equally "greedy" when people try to get the most value for their dollar by buying things cheaper. The motivation and behavior is exactly the same. I don't see anything wrong with "greed" on either side.
I don't see what the problem is. Purchasing the eBooks from Pottermore.com was an incredibly simple and painless process. I wasn't too thrilled to see an international POS fee on my bank statement, but it made sense and not a huge fee so not a huge deal. And since it's not locked into the Kindle DRM, I can read them on any ereader device I pick up in the future. Win for the consumer, win for JKR - the only one I could see getting the short end of the stick is Amazon.
I can't help but think that any site that anyone who links to Pottermore and buys the books will get some form of commission. Otherwise, I'm not sure what advantage there is for Amazon to more or less advertise the availability of the books AND give you a link to the site to buy them. Then again, with the popularity of the HP series and the number of people who seem to have wanted them in e-book format, perhaps they felt it was in the interest of the popularity of their device to ensure Kindle owners could obtain them. It would really be interesting to know the details of the arrangement.
I agree with sandawana56 that this is groundbreaking. In my opinion, only someone with a series as popular as JK Rowling's would have the power to pull something like this off - and I am really quite surprised she didn't charge more for the books. I don't think she's greedy, as she could have charged quite a bit more and people would have paid it - and I think she'll sell more for it in the long run. I think she's pretty smart.
Yeah, Christine, the fact that Pottermore is based in the UK does cause some potential for irritation. Fortunately, I shop online internationally sometimes, so I knew how to go about it. It can be weird the first time though, I remember quite well. But, in this case, I found the license on the books to be well worth any irritation and/or small additional international charge on my card. My main reason for never buying full-price e-books has been the DRM crap, that locks you in on format and reader and stifles your access. This is the first time I've felt justified in buying an e-book title costing more than a few dollars or so (I should add that I have gotten numerous free ones, as well as several highly discounted ones on special, which justify the Kindle purchase), since I know I can read them on any device now and in the future, so I felt comfortable spending the money.
P.S.: I can't wait to explore Pottermore either. I've heard really great things about it, and am really eager for its wide public opening, whenever that eventually happens. Supposedly, there's going to be a whole new way to read the books, with special extra content, games, etc. to accompany our reading. So, I'll definitely be rereading the books yet again when Pottermore opens.