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Old 02-27-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Pottermore reaches agreement with OverDrive for library dist.

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(London, UK) - February 27, 2012 - 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.
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In keeping with Harry Potter's international appeal, OverDrive will provide schools and libraries the ability to offer the official eBooks and digital audiobooks in many different languages – initially English, French, Italian, German and Spanish – with more languages to follow.
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Readers will have immediate access to eBooks and digital audiobooks on a wide range of popular computers and reading devices including PC, Mac®, eReaders, tablets and smartphones. Supported devices include Sony® Reader, Kindle® (US only), NOOK™, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, BlackBerry®, and Windows® Phone. In addition to the eBook collection, the complete digital audiobooks will be made available for digital borrowing in the MP3 file format on listening devices such as computers, smartphones and iPod®.
http://www.overdrive.com/News/Harry-...ough-OverDrive


Nothing new on WHEN the darn books will be available though.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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Nothing new on WHEN the darn books will be available though.
Yeah. Great news, but I skimmed it looking for a date.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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What about sale? Are they only going to be available through the library system?
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:30 PM   #4
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Nothing new on WHEN the darn books will be available though.
Well doesn't:

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... Readers will have immediate access to eBooks and digital audiobooks ...
mean they are available now.

I was curious also, so I fired off an email to David (and CC'd Mark).
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:30 PM   #5
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What about sale? Are they only going to be available through the library system?
They've said from the start that they'll be for sale directly through Pottermore, but no real details have been given AFAIK.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:36 PM   #6
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They've said from the start that they'll be for sale directly through Pottermore, but no real details have been given AFAIK.
But when they said that they were also saying that it would be the only place to get them.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:44 PM   #7
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:45 PM   #8
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But when they said that they were also saying that it would be the only place to get them.
They haven't said anything different AFAIK as far as purchasing goes. Library access to the books is something different.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:47 PM   #9
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They've said from the start that they'll be for sale directly through Pottermore, but no real details have been given AFAIK.
Hey, it's Sony Software.
Their motto is: "Always overpromise and underdeliver. Brand loyalty will fill the gap."

So, figure some time in the 4th quarter...
...of some year this decade...

Gran Turismo 5 took Sony 5 years to get out and that was just one game, whereas Pottermore is a whole "Online destination", probably closer to a MMOG than a "mere" bookstore. For example, DCU online took Sony almost 3 years. They announced Pottermore last fall so figure they started work last summer; could easily go as far as 2015.
It wouldn't surprise me to see her new novel hit ebook stores before Pottermore is ready for Prime Time.

What's the rush, anyway?

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Old 02-27-2012, 01:12 PM   #10
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They haven't said anything different AFAIK as far as purchasing goes. Library access to the books is something different.
I was wondering if she decides not to sell the ebooks, but only have them available from the library.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:23 PM   #11
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Lessee, the beta is still closed, and the Insider blog is still wasting all its time posting fanart from the few lucky dips who actually registered. And apparently it isn't even the official source for information anymore since this announcement with Sony wasn't posted on it.

How is this supposed to keep me remotely interested in the Harry Potter fandom? I was planning to register and get my ebooks from Pottermore, but at this point I'm leaning more toward hoping Anonymous zeroes all its data and locks its manager in a cage for the rest of his life.
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Lessee, the beta is still closed, and the Insider blog is still wasting all its time posting fanart from the few lucky dips who actually registered. And apparently it isn't even the official source for information anymore since this announcement with Sony wasn't posted on it.

How is this supposed to keep me remotely interested in the Harry Potter fandom? I was planning to register and get my ebooks from Pottermore, but at this point I'm leaning more toward hoping Anonymous zeroes all its data and locks its manager in a cage for the rest of his life.
They're still posting the fan art instead of fixing the site? I just... what is the end game here, that somehow the artists will run out of colored pencils someday and then they can get back to real work?
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Yaay! She didn't neglect libraries.
I wouldn't say that until you can actually check them out from the library. At this rate it should be around the year 2999.
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At this rate it should be around the year 2999.
I think you forgot to include the library wait-list time in that estimate.
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I think you forgot to include the library wait-list time in that estimate.
Ok, lets make it April 1, 3050.
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