J.K. Rowling upset at Deathly Hallows ending leak
J.K. Rowling is far from happy with the recent Internet spoilers of her latest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Shadows. With the book due out tomorrow, a photographed copy has been available on torrent sites for download for a few days now.
According to Rowling herself, she was staggered that reviews have been printed ahead of time, especially the high profile review in the New York Times. Representatives for the newspaper The Baltimore Sun, who also posted an early review, said it was simple, they had been shipped a copy from a store it was on order from, so they reviewed it.
Meanwhile the whole publishing empire behind the Potter books is fighting to keep the release date, and the release price. Bloomsbury, the publishers of the book, were quoted as saying…
"The strict embargo was being "enforced unflinchingly and without exception" by publishers in 93 countries…"
Meanwhile in the BBC article J.K. Rowling said…
"I am incredibly grateful to all those newspapers, booksellers and others who have chosen not to attempt to spoil Harry's last adventure for fans…"
I have to take note with that and say that it's people that generally spoil it for themselves. Most of the leaks that have been publicised, either by reviews or on torrent sites, have given due warning that you're about to have the story spoiled.
I found the original photographed copy through a Digg article, and so I had warning before I clicked through about what I was going to see. Likewise the torrents have to be searched for and downloaded, and there are many copies out there.
I think you'll find that the true fans are steering clear of the spoilers, and if they aren't, it's not a big issue. As I said in the last article about the photographed book, it's the journey, not the destination. Saying that, I can't see the publisher and the author really being up in arms about all this, just look at the publicity this is getting the book.