Writer J.K. Rowling, the famous author of the Harry Potter series held one more ace in her sleeve, after the TV saga ended: Pottermore – a website that recently appeared online, that promised a surprise for the fans. After much speculation on what the surprise would be, Rowling has finally unveiled the mystery: Harry Potter e-books.
Associated Press reports that on Thursday J.K. Rowling presented for the first time the electronic Harry Potter books, thus putting an end to the Harry Potter status as one of the most popular holdouts that digital publishing was competing against. “You can’t hold back progress,” she explained. “E-books are here and they are here to stay.”
At the moment, the stories of the popular wizard boy and his friends will be available as e-books as well as audiobooks. They will be sold exclusively on the Pottermore website.
Just a few days ago is you were accessing the website, you would have seen the message “coming soon” limited at the edges by two interactive owls. As of today, the interactive site unveils an enchanted desk room and a message saying Pottermore will be open to all in October.
“Pottermore is a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books” the website description says. It also states that the fans can find out how to enter Pottermore earlier by acessing the website again on July 31.
Also, J.K. Rowling left a video message for the fans. She says that Pottermore presents the same story, but with a few important additions. Just as the experience of reading requires that the imaginations of the author and reader work together to create the story, so Pottermore will be built in part by you, the reader.”
The e-books will be compatible with popular e-readers such as Kindle by Amazon, Apple’s iPad and the Sony reader. “Pottermore will be the place where fans of any age can share, participate in and rediscover the stories.” Rowling added. Fans will be abe to purchase magic wands in the Diagon Alley, travel to Hogwarts like their favorite characters and also be part of one of the school’s houses.