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Sony May Bundle Harry Potter eBooks with eReaders

According to a report in The Register, the next generation of Sony eReaders may be bundled with the entire Harry Potter book series in October. Sony has not confirmed this partnership.

The report speculates that fans can also buy an eReader bundle that will include a letter from author J.K. Rowling, a subscription to the online community Pottermore and a special carrying case.

Here’s more from the article: “According to the sources, Sony is paying Rowling millions for early electronic rights to Potter, but rather than adding to her fortune, last estimated at £560m, she is handing the proceeds to a charity for children with learning disabilities. The package is being hailed as the ‘hero’ product – the biggest seller – for Christmas by some in the retail channel.” (via Publishers Lunch)

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J.K. Rowling Follows Her Agent & Leaves Christopher Little Literary Agency

UK literary agent Neil Blair will be leaving the Christopher Little Literary Agency, taking client J.K. Rowling with him. The Bookseller reports that Blair will be setting up his own firm, The Blair Partnership.

Here’s more from the article: “Blair’s current base is at strategic digital agency TH_NK’s offices in east London. TH_NK and Blair worked together to develop the Pottermore site, through which Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be sold exclusively as e-books, though it is not yet known if TH_NK will be involved in Blair’s new company.”

According to scotsman.com, freelance readers  convinced agency founder Christopher Little to sign the author in 1996.

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J.K. Rowling Unveils Pottermore

Author J.K. Rowling made the official announcement about her new Pottermore site on YouTube this morning. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

Pottermore will be the exclusive and reportedly DRM-free eBookstore for digital audiobooks and eBooks of the Harry Potter series. Rowling promised that Pottermore will be “a safe, unique online reading experience built around the Harry Potter books,” but she didn’t mention any specific details on how fans will be able to use the site.

The site will officially open in October. However, a select group will have early access to help “shape the experience.” Rowling vaguely instructed that one needs to “simply follow the owl” to be one of the lucky few; perhaps later on there will be a goblet of fire to act as a judge.

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Possible Pottermore Memos Leaked

Two confidential documents concerning J.K. Rowling‘s mysterious Pottermore website have surfaced. A memo was reportedly sent to the Times UK by mistake and it describes the site as “a sophisticated online game” involving a treasure hunt.

Here’s more from paidContent.org: “The Times UK notes that it is ‘not clear whether the treasure hunt is Pottermore itself, or merely a marketing drive for another product,’ and it is also unclear whether the memo was actually accidentally leaked or is simply a savvy marketing ploy.”

With less than 19 hours to go until Rowling’s official announcement about the site, Harry Potter fans have been speculating that the site could be an eBookstore or a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).

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Screenshots from J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore Possibly Leaked

An unoffical Facebook page has been created for J.K. Rowling‘s Pottermore website with some mysterious screenshots. The Facebook account has attracted more than 2,000 “likes” so far.

The page’s administrator has uploaded what could be three screenshots from the soon to be unveiled site.

Here’s more from paidContent.org: “The images, which could absolutely be fake but are quite detailed, show a library with bookshelves, a bookstore storefront, and a larger shelf with books on it.”

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J.K. Rowling To Make Mystery Announcement

Author J.K. Rowling has launched a mysterious website called “Pottermore.” The site links to a YouTube page counting down to “J.K. Rowling’s announcement” in six days (as of this June 16 writing).

So far, the site (pictured) features a picture of two owls and a “Coming Soon” message from the author. The site’s Twitter account already counts more than 35,000 followers.

Rowling’s spokeswoman explained in The Bookseller: “It is not another Harry Potter book but we cannot reveal any more at this stage, fans will have to keep an eye on the website. It will be launching soon.”

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