Harry Potter and the Deathly Downloads

HpdhcoverI love so much about the Internet. But one thing that dismays me, both as an author and a reader, is the World Wide Web's leak factor.

Well, now apparently some blogger has digitally photographed and uploaded the whole of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, and hellzapoppin' in Muggleland.

Could it have possibly been one of the many who received early copies, courtesy of distributors DeepDiscount.com and Levy Home Entertainment?

And no, I'm not about to post the link here. In this case, I believe anything
that excites people about a book, any book, should have a chance to
succeed. People, come on, already:  Must everything be about instant gratification?

Then again, the way J.K. Rowling's publishers, Scholastic and Bloomsbury, uses secrecy as a marketing ploy is tantamount to throwing a red flag in front of the bulls–or in this case, those set on spoiling it for the rest of us.

Alas, Muggle technology has foiled a publishing industry fantasy. Blogging tools make it so easy to put anything–text, image, audio, video, animal vegetable or mineral–online, that it was bound to happen.

To quote another prolific and profound British author, it's the way we live now.