According to the Scotsman newspaper – JK Rowling has weighed into the age banding debate and has added her name to the petition over on notoagebanding.org. The Scotsman seem to think that it is the end of line for age banding if JK opposes – I’m not sure one writer wields THAT much power?
Interestingly the Scotsman does include a round up of how the main UK children’s book publishers are currently standing on the issue.
Children’s publishers now fall into three camps. Walker Books, which was opposed to the move from the outset, has been joined by JK Rowling’s publisher, Bloomsbury, and about eight other major publishers. Against them are Random House, Scholastic and Egmont.
There is a also a quote from recent visitor to Dublin, Keith Gray about his opinion on age banding
Would those queues for Harry Potter have been so long if the books had had a ‘Teens’ sticker?” he asks. “Younger readers wouldn’t have bothered with it and neither would most of the grown-ups.
“The whole age-banding thing is a nonsense, and I’m very pleased JK Rowling is supporting the campaign against it.”