San Francisco, Calif. — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced Thursday that her popular series of fantasy novels will soon be available as e-books through a new online store and social networking site, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Rowling’s titles will be included in a new online website entitled, Pottermore.com — also unveiled today — where loyal fans of the internationally acclaimed series and box-office hit can interact with one another, cast spells, mix potions and participate in a number of other features.
“I wanted to give something back to the fans that have followed Harry so devotedly over the years, and to bring the stories to a new digital generation,” Rowling said in a statement today. “Just as I have contributed to the website, everyone else will be able to join in by submitting their own comments, drawings and other content in a safe and friendly environment — Pottermore has been designed as a place to share the stories with your friends as you journey through the site.”
The Harry Potter series has sold over 450 million books worldwide since the first novel was published in 1997. Although pricing has not been determined for the e-Books, people interested in joining Pottermore can register after July 31.
The official launch of the online store and website will happen in October.
http://tinyurl.com/6g9kthx (Wall Street Journal)