Why Is Rowling Howling and Growling?
Let’s get one thing straight at the outset.
If someone creates a product or service that enhances the value of your product or service—makes it more valuable to the user and very likely results in additional sales for you—that is called a PR coup.
Do not sue the guy.
Better yet, send him a case of Dom Pérignon.
A Personal Digression
A number of years ago I got hooked on Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novels about the British Navy during the Napoleonic era. These were the stories of Captain Jack Aubrey, a “Master and Commander,” who was a daring fighter and hero at sea, and a social disaster ashore.
His sailing companion was the brilliant ship’s doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin. How good a physician was Maturin? At one point he performed successful brain surgery on a sailor wounded in battle. This was in the 18th century.
To create the series, O’Brian did interminable research in ships’ logs from the time as well as naval history. His narrative was punctuated with highly technical words and descriptions of period sailing ships that are incomprehensible to a nonsailor in the 20th century.
Enter Dean King, a journalist with a Master of Arts from New York University, who dove into the O’Brian series and produced three invaluable works:
* “A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O’Brian’s Seafaring Tales” (with John B. Hattendorf and J. Worth Estes). An illustrated A-to-Z glossary of terms, from the “Articles of War” and “blue peter” to “yellow admiral” and “Zealous, H.M.S.”
* “Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O’Brian” (with John B. Hattendorf). During the course of the 21 novels, Aubrey and Maturin sailed the world from the Mediterranean to the far Pacific. Here are vivid descriptions, drawings, etchings and maps of the world in the late 18th century that make the novels come even more alive.