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So, here are some pictures of Harry Potter that I got from www.google.com.

 

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British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers as she announces her new website project Pottermore at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Thursday, June 23, 2011. For the Pottermore project Rowling has written new material about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter stories. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)British author J.K. Rowling reacts as she poses for photographers during a photo call for her new website project Pottermore at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Thursday, June 23, 2011. For the project she has written new material about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter stories. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)http://beta.news.yahoo.com/harry-potter-e-books-plan-worries-bookstore-owners-121248409.html

NEW YORK (AP) — Author J.K. Rowling has joined the 21st century on her own special terms.

One of the world’s most famous digital holdouts, Rowling announced Thursday that a new interactive website, http://www.pottermore.com, will be the exclusive seller of the e-book editions of her iconic “Harry Potter” series. The news is a landmark for the growing electronic market, especially for the relatively small number of young adult e-book fans, and an unwelcome surprise for the traditional stores which helped sell hundreds of millions of Potter novels.

“Bricks and mortar stores are taking a lot of bullets and there’s a limit to how many bullets we can take,” says Roxanne Coady, owner of R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Conn, one of more than 200 independent sellers of e-books through Google. “If the sellers of the Rowling e-books are saying they don’t need bricks and mortar stores, then that’s the result you’ll get.”

Jon Howells, spokesman for Britain’s Waterstone’s chain, said the Harry Potter book launches, which for years drew thousands of fans in wizard garb to midnight store openings, “have become the stuff of legend at Waterstone’s and other booksellers.”

“We’re therefore disappointed that, having been a key factor in the growth of the Harry Potter phenomenon since the first book was published, the book trade is effectively banned from selling the long-awaited e-book editions,” he said.

Tom Turcan, chief operating officer of Pottermore, said Rowling wanted “to make the books available to everybody, not to make them available only to people who own a particular set of devices, or tethered to a particular set of platforms.”

During a press conference in London on Thursday, Rowling cited the special bond she has had with fans online and said she was “phenomenally lucky in that I have the resources to do it myself and therefore I got to do it, I think, right.”

“I think this is a fantastic and unique experience that I can afford in every sense,” she said.

E-books have jumped from less than 1 percent of total sales four years ago to more than 20 percent. Children’s books are catching up as the Kindle, Nook and other devices become cheaper and touchscreen readers such as the Nook and the iPad enable illustrated stories to be available in digital form. Potter books remain steady sellers four years after the series ended, especially as the final movie approaches, and publishers believe the e-books will be as revolutionary for the digital market as the paper ones were for the traditional market.

“The Potter books took children’s books in general to another level and we’ve never gone back,” said Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books.  “And I think the news today could be the tipping point for 8-to-12-year-old market.”

Pottermore is far more than a retail outlet. The site lets fans delve into Harry Potter’s beloved Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They can shop for wands in Diagon Alley, travel to Hogwarts from the imaginary Platform 9 3/4 at London’s King’s Cross train station and be sorted into Hogwarts school houses by the perceptive Sorting Hat.

Along the way are wand fights, games and new information about characters beloved around the world, including Harry’s boorish relatives, the Dursleys. The website also features 18,000 words of new Potter material from Rowling, who said it will have “information I have been hoarding for years” about the books’ characters and settings. The level of detail gives Potter fans new reasons to obsess over the wizard and his friends. The final Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” opens in July.

“I go into ridiculous detail about wand woods,” Rowling said.

A beta version of the site launches July 31, Harry Potter’s birthday, and the e-books become available in October under an unusual arrangement. They will be sold directly from Pottermore, with Rowling’s longtime publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing in the United Kingdom and Scholastic Inc. in the United States, sharing revenues. Scholastic and other publishers have long sold books directly to customers, but through their own websites. And they traditionally have made those releases available to retailers, too.

Children’s booksellers have extra reasons to worry. Potter books remain a rite of passage among young readers, one that often includes a visit to the local store. That initiation may now happen online.

“It’s one thing if an individual sells book on her own, I can understand that,” says Ann Seaton, manager of Hicklebee’s Children’s Book Store in San Jose, Calif. “But it did sort of surprise me that the publisher would cut us out of the loop. That makes it hard for us.

“We have sold a huge amount of Potter books,” she said. “And we were one of those stores that had the midnight parties when a new Potter book came out. I don’t think we’ll be having a party for the e-books.”

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Online: http://www.pottermore.com

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AP Writer Jill Lawless contributed to this report from London. Jill Lawless can be reached at http://twitter.com/JillLawless

 

British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers as she announces her new website project Pottermore at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Thursday, June 23, 2011. For the Pottermore project Rowling has written new material about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter stories. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)British author J.K. Rowling, centre back, poses for photographers with participants during a photo call for her new website project Pottermore at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Thursday, June 23, 2011. For the project she has written new material about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter stories. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)http://beta.news.yahoo.com/harry-potter-wizard-series-sold-e-books-111354856.html

LONDON (AP) — The secret of “Pottermore” has been revealed — Harry Potter’s wild wizard adventures are going digital.

Author J.K. Rowling announced Thursday that her seven Potter novels will be sold as e-books starting in October — ending the boy wizard’s status as one of the highest-profile holdouts against digital publishing.

“You can’t hold back progress,” Rowling said. “E-books are here and they are here to stay.”

The magical stories that conquered the world in print form will be available as audiobooks and e-books in multiple languages exclusively through a new interactive website called “Pottermore” — an announcement that delighted fans but deeply disappointed booksellers.

Rowling, one of the world’s most powerful authors, is bypassing established online retailers like Amazon, although the creators of Pottermore say the books will be compatible with popular e-readers including Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader and Apple’s iPad.

“It’s very important to Jo to make the books available to everybody, not to make them available only to people who own a particular set of devices, or tethered to a particular set of platforms,” said Tom Turcan, chief operating officer of the new venture, Pottermore Ltd.

He said prices for the e-books would be announced closer to October.

The website is a partnership with Sony Corp. and its online shop is described as “a potential outlet for Sony products.” Rowling spokesman Mark Hutchinson said Sony was selected as “the most appropriate partner.”

Booksellers who have sold millions of Potter books reacted strongly to the news they will be shut out of the electronic version. Jon Howells, spokesman for Britain’s Waterstone’s chain, said the Harry Potter book launches “have become the stuff of legend at Waterstone’s and other booksellers.”

“We’re therefore disappointed that, having been a key factor in the growth of the Harry Potter phenomenon since the first book was published, the book trade is effectively banned from selling the long-awaited e-book editions,” he said.

The Potter books have sold about 450 million copies worldwide and spawned a hit movie franchise and a theme park. Forbes magazine has ranked Rowling as one of the richest women in Britain, with an estimated wealth of $1 billion.

“Pottermore” has been the subject of intense speculation among Potter fans since it appeared on the Internet with the words “coming soon.”

Rowling also has written 18,000 words of new Potter material for the new site, which promises to immerse users in her world of wizards, combining elements of computer games, social networking and an online store. She says the site includes “information I have been hoarding for years” about the books’ characters and settings.

The project unveiled in London lets Potter fans delve into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sections let users shop for wands in Diagon Alley, travel to Hogwarts from the imaginary Platform 9 3/4 at London’s King’s Cross train station and be sorted into Hogwarts school houses by the perceptive Sorting Hat.

Along the way are wand fights, games and new information about characters beloved around the world, including Harry’s reviled relatives, the Dursleys.

The site goes live July 31, when 1 million registered users will be chosen through an online competition to help flesh out the Pottermore world. It will be open to all users from October, in languages including English, French, German and Spanish.

Initially the site will follow the plotline of the first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” with the six other adventures added later.

“(It’s) a way I can be creative in a medium that didn’t exist when I started the books back in 1990,” Rowling told reporters, adding it allowed her to incorporate the thousands of “stories, drawings, ideas, suggestions” she still receives from fans four years after the last Potter book was published.

Harry Potter fans who have been sharing their enthusiasm online for years should be delighted by the new digital world, but Rowling said she wanted to keep the emphasis of the site firmly on the written word.

“We’ve had a lot of requests for online games,” she said. “I wanted to pull it back to reading.”

The last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was published in 2007, and Rowling said she still has no plans to write an eighth. But she said Pottermore was a way to reconnect with a character and a universe she loved.

“It is exactly like an ex-boyfriend,” Rowling said. “Finishing writing Harry — I have only ever cried in that way and that much when my mother died. I have never cried for a man the way I cried for Harry Potter.”

There may yet be another Potter book — a long-anticipated encyclopedia. Rowling said she was still considering compiling one, with the proceeds going to charity.

“Will there ever be an encyclopedia?” Rowling said. “Possibly.”

The final Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” has its world premiere in London on July 7. Hutchinson said timing of the website announcement had nothing to do with the Warner Bros. movies.

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Online: http://www.pottermore.com

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Jill Lawless can be reached at http://twitter.com/JillLawless

 

http://blog.games.yahoo.com/blog/792-report-j-k-rowling-to-unveil-harry-potter-online-game

For the past few weeks, the Web has been buzzing about J. K. Rowling’s mysterious Pottermore project. And while details won’t be officially unveiled until Thursday, all signs are pointing to it being an online game revolving around the Harry Potter universe.

A leaked memo has revealed Pottermore to be a persistent world that blends World of Warcraft with real world treasure hunts. Users will dig up clues, which will let them find prizes in the real world.

The memo says Thursday’s announcement, which will come via YouTube, will discuss the project’s partners and focus on what people can find – particularly quills and wands hidden around the U.S. and U.K.

As often happens with leaks of major projects, it’s unclear if the game is the full extent of Pottermore – or simply a tie-in promotion for a larger project. Rowling has made it clear, though, that whatever Pottermore may be, it is NOT a new Harry Potter book.

Potter fansite The Leaky Cauldron is one of the few places that apparently has seen the project. Not surprisingly, they’ve taken an unbreakable vow of silence about the specifics, but have previously described it as “one of the most amazing, engaging and breathtaking additions to this fandom imaginable”.

(Keep in mind, that’s a fan site – so the Hogwarts Hype Express runs pretty fast there.)

As for the rest of us Muggles, we’ll learn tomorrow how accurate these reports are – and exactly what Rowling has in store for us.

There’s good reason for the excitement. The Harry Potter books have sold about 450 million copies worldwide, given birth to a massive film franchise, several video game tie-ins and a theme park. Forbes ranks Rowling as one of the richest women in Britain, with an estimated wealth of $1 billion.

 

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