By Kelly J. Newson
Author J.K. Rowling is withholding her latest book ‘The Casual Vacancy,’ from a few publishers overseas with the exception of publishers in Germany and France who will be allowed to publish when the English-language version is released. Though, publishers in countries like Italy, Finland, and Slovenia will not be allowed to publish until its officially published in English.
‘The Casual Vacancy’ , J.K. Rowling’s first novel since the Harry Potter series ended, is set to be released September 27th in both the US and UK. However, with J.K Rowling withholding her book from a few overseas publishers, will this hurt or help the best-selling author? A partner at J.K Rowling’s literacy agency says,”We have agreed to let publishers in some countries publish simultaneously with the English-language release. Some publishers are better able to handle the security demands as a simultaneous release.”
Book piracy has become as bad as music piracy. Everyone looks for ways to pay the least or receive for free, forgetting that what writers sell is their income. Sure, J.K Rowling is a multimillionaire, but that still doesn’t give pirates the right to steal her work.
Though, not all agree with J.K Rowling’s assessment. For example, famed author of ‘The Alchemist,’ Paulo Coelho has embraced piracy. He has discovered that unlicensed copies of his books floating around the internet actually increased the sales of hard copies. Also going against J.K Rowling is Chad Post, a translation publisher at Open Letter Books. He says that J.K Rowling’s plan to withhold her book is “totally insane and stupid. And it could easily result in sub-par, rushed translations.”
Whether you agree with J.K Rowling or not, you can grab a copy of ‘The Casual Vacancy,’ when its released September 27 or pre-order now at Amazon.com