Today in books: Like magic, the Harry Potter e-books have arrived, E.L. James made a lot of money selling the film rights to Fifty Shades of Grey, and Ian McEwan has a late addition to the November publishing slate.
Our long national nightmare is over: digital editions of the entire Harry Potter series are now available over at Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's much-delayed clearinghouse of all Potter knowledge, which also happens to be the only place to download the e-book and digital audiobook editions of the novels. Give Rowling -- or perhaps the braintrust of the Pottermore Corporation -- credit for keeping the prices reasonable. The first three installments are selling for $7.99, while the final four darker and thicker entires go for $9.99. Another nice feature is that the books can be read via Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and Google Play. [The Guardian and EW]
Julia Otsuka has won the 2012 PEN/Faulkner award for her novel The Buddha in the Attic. The honor comes with $15,000 in prize money, but this really is one of those awards where the honor dwarfs the purse. Otsuka's book about six Japanese mail-order brides sailing to San Francisco (it's so much better than it sounds) beat out 350 novels and short story collections from 2011 written solely by American writers. Past winners include E.L. Doctorow (twice), Philip Roth (three times), Don DeLillo, E. Annie Proulx, Tobias Wolff, Michael Cunningham, and John Updike. [Arts Beat]