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For the first time the Harry Potter books by author J.K Rowling will be sold as e-books in October of this year. Rowling has also expressed that the series will be available in the form of audiobooks on a website called Pottermore. The author claims to have been “hoarding” the fresh material for quite some time (BBC) and the fans, the imaginative writer says, have been an immense motivation for this means by which to reach Harry Potter material. It’s a manner in which the author trusts she can “give something back to the fans” who have propelled the series to its grand success (BBC). With the series having sold a stunning 450 million prints around the world, the series in the form of e-books will be available in numerous languages.
With the e-books being published by Rowling’s Pottermore Publishing, the Pottermore site will become live on the very famous Harry Potter’s birthday of July 31st.
The author has revealed the material that will make its way to its new online home are “details that didn’t make it into the book”, whereas other material is “new stuff in response to things fans have asked [for] over the years” (BBC).
The site includes features that will thrust old fans and lure new fans into an online world centered on wizardry; the site will include gaming, an online store and the prospect of social networking. Those who visit the site will be intrigued by the chance to be sorted in a Hogwarts’ school different houses and shop in Diagon Alley for magical merchandise.
To help drive the online magical world forward, one million users will be chosen before the sites October opening date in order to cultivate the site.
While Rowling has expressed that she has acquired “closure” with the character of Harry and will not be creating an 8th book, this site is sure to submerge old and new fans alike into an enchanting realm of magic (BBC).
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