Harry Potter series now also as e-books

2011-06-24 00:00

THE highly anticipated Harry Potter announcement yesterday from British author J.K. Rowling was not about the launch of the online game Pottermore.

An unauthorised media document was allegedly leaked to the press overseas outlining the website game for Harry Potter fans. Fans have been anticipating more mystical snippets in the form of an online fantasy game in which Rowling is alleged to have hidden clues that lead to “treasure” and the discovery of magical items in secret locations around Britain.

Instead, a more subdued announcement was made yesterday regarding the release of seven Harry Potter e-books that will now be available for sale on the Pottermore website.

Rowling, who was previously averse to launching her popular books in any other form but the printed word, has changed her mind and gone with technology.

The novels will be released in October and will also be available as audio books. Rowling has vowed that there will be no more Potter books.

The Pottermore website will be officially launched on July 31 — to co-incide with Harry Potter’s birthday. Rowling said the Pottermore on-line game is still in the development phase and she will invite one million fans to be part of its creation. In the game information she left out of her previous novels would be revealed.

The Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies throughout the world.

Local book store Exclusive Books said that they would follow the release of the e-books with interest.

"We have a few e-books, but they are not yet a huge part of our sales market,” said a sales consultant.

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