“A first edition Harry Potter book that broke auction records is causing a stir at a literature exhibition. The rare copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which is annotated and illustrated by its author JK Rowling, is the centrepiece at the Bodleian Library event. The first in the seven-strong series sold for £150,000 at Sotheby’s two weeks ago.” (via Oxford Mail)
“Amazon said they would be coming, and it delivered. From today, all seven of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be available to download via Amazon’s Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL), allowing fans of the franchise borrow them – for free – as frequently as once a month, with no due dates. The company announced back in May that the books would be coming to its KOLL platform, stocking the English, French, Italian, German and Spanish variations of the book, having secured a license from Pottermore.
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Amazon.com – “Owning a Kindle just got a whole lot better for magic-loving Muggles. Starting June 19, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is adding all seven Harry Potter books (in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL). Harry Potter is the all-time best-selling book series in history, and Amazon has purchased an exclusive license from J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore to make the addition of these titles possible. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is a benefit of Amazon Prime membership—Prime members also enjoy free two-day shipping on millions of items and unlimited streaming of more than 17,000 movies and TV episodes. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has now grown to over 145,000 books that can be borrowed for free as frequently as once a month, with no due dates.”
Time – “The Harry Potter website known as Pottermore has been beset by delays. But there is some good news. When the portal launches later this year, its stock of JK Rowling e-books and digital audiobooks will be available to public library members. This coup for borrowers was the result of an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, the largest distributor of digital content to libraries. But OverDrive is more than just a library partner. It also will provide the sales platform for buyers to purchase e-books on Pottermore.
Press Release – “Pottermore, the online experience and home of the Harry Potter eBooks created by J.K. Rowling and partnered by Sony, announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide eBook and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries. Under the terms of the agreement, OverDrive, a leading global distributor of eBooks and digital audiobooks, will manage hosting and digital fulfillment for libraries for the Harry Potter collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks in English and more than 20 other languages to OverDrive’s growing network of over 18,000 public and school libraries worldwide.”
ZDNet – “J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore effort has a new parter: Google Books. Google has announced that it will be working with Rowling and Pottermore to bring the Harry Potter eBooks to consumers via the open Google Books platform. Once the books are purchased via Pottermore, customers will be able to store them on Google Books or transfer them to compatible devices running the Google Books app. (In case you had forgotten, Pottermore will have exclusive selling privileges to the eBooks.)”
Reuters – “A lawsuit which accused J.K. Rowling of copying the work of another children’s book author when writing “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” has been dropped in Britain after the claimant failed to come up with the cash ordered by a judge as security. The estate of late author Adrian Jacobs said that the plot for the Potter novel, the fourth of seven boy wizard stories that have sold more than 400 millions copies, borrowed parts of his book “Willy the Wizard.””
Boston Globe – “They gathered at the AMC Boston Common multiplex hours early, hundreds of Harry Potter fans, some dressed like Hogwarts students in black cloaks and rep ties, others in peaked wizard caps and woolly beards. Besides an abiding love for the J.K. Rowling book series that has enchanted their generation, the churning throng of fans had another thing in common: precious tickets to the sold-out midnight premiere of the final movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.’’
Arizona Republic – “The release of the eighth and final installment in the “Harry Potter” film series on Thursday marks the beginning of the end of one of the most successful movie franchises. But metro Phoenix businesses expect to profit from the multibillion-dollar Potter merchandising machine far beyond the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” The ubiquitous Potter novels by J.K. Rowling have earned $1.17 billion for Scholastic, the books’ U.S. publisher, and spawned the Warner Bros.’ film franchise, which has already grossed $6.4 billion worldwide, according to Scholastic and Box Office Mojo.”
NYT – “Harry Potter is coming as an e-book. J.K. Rowling, the author behind that blockbuster fantasy series, said at a news conference in London on Thursday that a new interactive Web site built around the series will also sell electronic editions of the seven Harry Potter books, previously available only in print and as audio books. “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,” Ms. Rowling said.”