'Harry Potter' E-Books Launch Delayed Until 2012

10:54 AM PST 10/01/2011 by THR staff
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The Pottermore creators said that the electronic books said the postponement will allow them to focus on bringing "as many people as possible" to the website.

Harry Potter fans who want to own all seven books from the J.K. Rowling franchise in electronic form will have to wait just a little bit longer.

On Friday, the creators of Pottermore, a Harry Potter website, said that the e-book store has been pushed back until next year, the Associated Press reports. E-book versions of Harry Potter were set to go on sale in October through Pottermore.

In a post, Pottermore management said that registration would be open to everyone at the end of October and that the store would be open in "the first half" of next year.

So far, 1 million registered users have been able to access the website through an online competition.

The blog post also noted that site usage has been "phenomenal" and that the prolonged delay would give them time "to focus on our first priority: opening Pottermore to as many people as possible and making the experience as good as it can be."

The Harry Potter books have sold 450 million copies, making Rowling one of the world's wealthiest women. She is estimated to be worth about $1 billion, according to Forbes.

The e-books will be accessible on the Kindle and the iPad, just to name a few.

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