Harry Potter, Books and Ebay

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) I watched the news last night and saw the reports of thousands of kids and their parents waiting for the Harry Potter release. As an author, that would be a dream come true–to have people camping out to buy your book on its release day. Waking up now because for the average author, it’s a dream. Truthfully, I haven’t read any of the books so I can’t relate to the hype; however I have seen the movies because my nephew loves them so I watch what he watches at times. Since this book is the last one in the series, the big question is what will be the next “Harry Potter” craze?

This leads to my next topic:

 Wouldn’t it be nice if people bought our books (the original version) from the book store, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any of the other online and independent book stores and not the unauthorized versions where the author doesn’t see a dime of it. It’s good to know that Ebay has that policy in place, but could a “review” copy be considered an unauthorized version thus shouldn’t be sold on Ebay or Amazon, Overstock, etc.???

I received this in my daily PW newsletter yesterday:

 EBay Pulls Harry Potter 7 Listing–Hours After Sale Was Completed
By Karen Holt
EBay has become the latest front in the battle to salvage the battered HP 7 embargo.

Will Collier, the aerospace engineer who put a copy of the book on eBay after receiving it from DeepDiscount.com on Tuesday, has been informed that the online auction site pulled the listing after receiving a complaint from London-based The Christopher Little Literary Agency, which represents J.K. Rowling. According to the site, the agency “notified eBay that this listing violates intellectual property rights. When eBay receives a report of this type of violation, we remove the listing to comply with the law.”

The message goes on to explain that “eBay prohibits the listing of unauthorized copies of copyrighted works. Unauthorized copies include (but are not limited to) backup, pirated, duplicated, or bootlegged copies.” Read On »

If a person bought the book, then they should be able to do what they want with it, regardless if they give it away or re-sell it; but when it’s a review copy and/or galley I don’t think it’s fair to the publisher and most importantly fair to the author.

I may be in the minority on this, but if you’re a reader or author, jump right in and let me know your take on it.

4 Comments

  1. I agree. I’ve taken to notating my books for every occassion… swaps, donations, review etc… the only time I don’t mark up the margin is when they are purchased at full price. It’s terrible but often we as authors much buy our books full price or pretty close to it. Yes, folks I’ve dispelled another myth…we hardly ever get free books!
    Thanks Shelia for just saying it the way it is.
    CHELLE

  2. Didn’t DeepDiscount violate the copywright even though it was a galley? It would seem that the property does not belong to them and that the release date was firm. Those folks at DeepDiscount might be the ones selling “used” copies of our books listed on amazon and the likes. However, my book was being touted as “used” even before we finished putting up the page! How’s that possible? And if they bought the book from my printer, where’s my money?

    About the PotterMania (my word), I am a bit pissed that it blocks out other writers efforts to advertise in the bookstores. The posters are taller than a 6-foot man killing our little posters of 12 x 14 or so. But I guess all’s fair in the book game.
    Glad you brought this up.

  3. Michelle, I’ve told friends who insist they buy the book from me that I don’t have books. I get my book from the store so I refer them to the store and online retailers. A couple of times friends have sent me money for the book and postage because they want an autographed copy, so when I go to the store, I pick up a copy, etc.

  4. Minnie, it bugs me that people can do that and the author & publisher don’t see a dime of it. I really don’t know what can be done about it, except report it when you see it being done.

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