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Given the immense popularity of the Harry Potter book series, as well as evolving technology since its publication, it was inevitable that the seven books in the series would get converted into multiple formats to increase their accessibility to readers of all types. With the growing popularity of e-books made accessible through e-readers and tablets, the entire series was converted into e-book format in 2012 exclusively through Pottermore, making it that more convenient to carry around the entire Potter series on a single device.

The Harry Potter series and other companion books have been translated into many languages of e-books. The newest advancement in Potter-related e-books came in the form of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Kindle in Motion edition, with animations and videos integrated throughout the pages.

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History
Pottermore

 

Harry Potter Original Ebooks

 

On March 27, 2012, the Harry Potter books were released for the first time in e-book format, exclusively available on Pottermore. Originally released in English (in both the UK and the US), the e-book editions are now available in 23 different languages.

On November 19, 2012, J.K. Rowling announced that all proceeds from the e-book sales of The Tales of Beedle the Bard would benefit her charity, Lumos. On March 15, 2013, in honor of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, J.K. Rowling released Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in e-book format on Pottermore, with 40% of the proceeds benefiting the charity.

Enhanced Editions

 

Harry Potter Ebooks Enhanced

 

On October 8, 2015, in collaboration with Apple and Pottermore, J.K. Rowling released all seven Harry Potter novels as iBooks from Apple’s iBooks Store. Annotations from Rowling herself have been added to these editions, suitably marked with quill icons. These newest editions also include the Kindle in Motion feature. Illustrations and animations fill the pages, making it a brand-new visual experience altogether. New fonts and customized, redesigned covers are also additions that make this release unique. Each novel, the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and several companion books are available on the iBooks Store and can be purchased from nearly 50 countries in many different languages.

Trivia
  • E-readers that first supported the Harry Potter e-books included the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the Google Play store, the Apple iPad, and the Sony Reader platform.
  • The e-book versions of the Harry Potter novels were originally supposed to be made available in October 2011, but the launch was delayed because Pottermore was struggling to cope with overwhelming demand from beta users.
  • The first three e-books originally each cost $7.99 and the final four each cost $9.99. The entire seven-book collection cost $61.70 to download. Each of the seven e-books now costs $8.99 individually (or $56.64 for the entire collection, a 10% savings) through Pottermore.
  • The most recent cover illustrations for the e-books were designed by Olly Moss. Moss’s main technique was to combine two or more aspects of each story into a double image.
  • The seven Harry Potter books are available to download in ePub format, which is the format supported by the largest number of devices.
  • On September 6, 2016, Pottermore released three e-book titles in its Pottermore Presents series - Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide; Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies; and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists. Each of the three titles includes writing previously published by J.K. Rowling on the Pottermore website that expands upon characters and elements from the Harry Potter series.

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