I had it all worked out. I’d go to Disney World on the big Anniversary Trip and then by the time I made it back home it’d be almost October. Then I’d be able to go online and for the first time ever, download the Harry Potter e-books.
Then I could spend October (and most likely November as well) re-reading Harry just like I used to. Without my ingenious Propping Up System, which looks like this from the side:
The “=” are the magazines I put in front to hold the pages, the “/”is the book leaning against the “88” pillows. It’s sort of a lot of work for the gratification and is very prone to subsidance.
But then the people at Pottermore announced that the ebooks–which were my main concern–wouldn’t be ready until 2012. Which I suppose is what happens when you’re beta-testing not only the ebooks but an entire Second-Life style world. I have to be honest, though. I don’t care to play the Pottermore games at this point. I’ve had it up to here ::points to the middle of my stomach:: with paying real money to customise my avatar in whatever world and to stock my store or build my farm or my vineyard. All of those games are great and really okay for relieving stress but then they reach this tipping point where each one goes from a sandbox game to a “nag your friends for gifts” game. I’m not one to pester my friends for barn parts or wine bottling parts or whatever. I can just see Pottermore going down that same road. And I think to myself “you’re about 18 months late to capitalise on Social Gaming.” But whatever. To each her own. If that’s what some folks want to do, then great for them.
I just want the books.
I don’t want to wait for them to be perfecting the economics of Potion Class in Pottermore.