If you’re like me and was losing sleep over what the heck “Pottermore” was all about (not really) you can now ditch the Ambien and rest easy. Harry Potter’s wild wizardry adventures are going digital. All seven of J.K. Rowling’s Potter novels will be available as e-books (and audiobooks) in multiple languages starting in October and sold exclusively through the new Pottermore interactive website.
“You can’t hold back progress,” Rowling said. “E-books are here and they are here to stay.”
Quite a bold move by, up until now, one of the highest-profile holdouts against digital publishing – she’s not only pissing off traditional booksellers but is also bypassing online retailers completely like Amazon (although the books will be compatible with mainstream e-readers like the Kindle, Sony’s Reader and the iPad).
So in the end this is probably a good thing, making the books available to everybody across a range of platforms, but it does raise some thought-provoking issues and questions about the future of publishing.
The entire article can be found on TODAY Books.