Harry Potter ebook launch delayed

By Daniel S Levine,

J.K. Rowling teamed up with Sony to create Pottermore, a site that was supposed to provide her Muggle fans with ebook copies and audio versions of the Harry Potter series this October. However, it has been revealed that the e-books will be delayed until the first half of 2012 at the earliest.

According to the site’s blog, it is just moving out of Beta. In the statement, the site wrote that “our first priority: opening Pottermore to as many people as possible and making the experience as good as it can be." USA Today reports that the site already has around 1 million users.

The Guardian reports that the delay will keep the ebooks from being available during the Christmas season, but the Bookseller's Charlotte Williams told the Guardian that it would hardly affect sales.

"Potter fans are so loyal, and it seems they have engaged with Pottermore even more than Rowling and co were anticipating, so I don't think there will be major financial implications to delaying the launch of the ebook store," he added.

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