'Harry Potter' eBooks Launch on Pottermore Website

9:31 AM PST 03/27/2012 by THR Staff

The best-selling book franchise makes its electronic foray on the exclusive branded retailer.

Nearly 15 years after its initial release, the Harry Potter book series is finally available electronically.

Pottermore, the Harry Potter-themed website from creator J.K Rowling and Sony, announced Tuesday that all seven titles in the Harry Potter collection are now for sale the site's retailer.

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In an effort to make the books accessible to the largest audience, the media is compatible with most common platforms, including Google Play, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, Sony’s Reader and iPads.

As of Tuesday, only English versions (the UK and US editions), but French, Italian, German and Spanish editions will roll out in the coming weeks, with further languages coming later.

“Today is a great day for Harry Potter fans and eBook readers alike," said Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne. "Not only is this phenomenally popular series available in eBook form for the first time, but across an extensive range of devices and platforms, thanks to unique collaborations with leading online retailers."

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The news comes on the heels that the full Pottermore site will launch in April. After a beta open and months of delays, the full (free) services will launch next month following changes made to accommodate beta user feedback.

The Harry Potter series of books has sold more than 400 million copies in print worldwide. The eight-part films series, which concluded in July, grossed more than $7 billion in theaters.

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