The world’s wealthiest woman is also the world’s most pirated author. And to protect her new adult market novel, J.K. Rowling is trying to put a spell on would-be pirates.
“Rowling’s concerns over piracy have been very public,” Andrew Albanese, features editor at Publishers Weekly, reminds CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “She famously refused to allow the Harry Potter series to be made available in a digital format for years, citing piracy concerns. Now, with her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, PW’s Rachel Deahl reports in Monday’s issue that her agency is proactively trying to tamp down the possibility of the book being ripped and shared by withholding the manuscript from publishers in territories considered high risk for piracy.”
Another author known for work catering to kids is also out to grow his audience; Rose Fox has the early word on whether he succeeds. “Now that his early fans are all grown up, R.L. Stine is trying his hand at horror for grown-ups,” she says. In Red Rain, two spooky twin children terrorize a small town... Unfortunately, our reviewer says the story doesn't quite hold together, relying too heavily on clichés pulled straight out of horror movies.”