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Pottermore and OverDrive link on Potter library e-book distribution

Pottermore has entered into an exclusive worldwide e-book and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries, with the e-book distributor to manage hosting and digital fulfillment for libraries for J K Rowling's Harry Potter series.

OverDrive director of marketing David Burleigh said the e-books and audiobooks are not yet available, though libraries and schools can pre-order them. The “go-live date” is to be announced, he said. Worldwide, the e-books will be available in ePub on PCs, Macs, Android devices, iPhones, iPads and Blackberries, plus reading devices including the Kindle and Nook, with Kindle support in the US only. The audiobooks will be available in MP3 format.

OverDrive will distribute the digital files in English and more than 20 other languages through a network of more than 18,000 public and school libraries globally.

Pottermore c.e.o. Charlie Redmayne said: "We are keen to support public and school libraries, and OverDrive, as one of the leading suppliers in this market, provides us with a global network that helps us achieve this, as well as encouraging the discovery of these amazing books across the world."

OverDrive c.e.o. and president Steve Potash said: “J K Rowling’s Harry Potter is a once-a-lifetime phenomenon and has been an extremely significant catalyst for reading and literacy for current and future generations. We are honoured to bring this beloved storytelling experience digitally to public and school libraries worldwide.”

The Pottermore site, home of the Harry Potter brand on the internet with exclusive content and forums for fans, was launched in beta last year, with plans to start making the e-books and digital audiobooks exclusively available through the site from October stalling.