Pottermore e-book launch pushed back to 2012

Harry Potter fans will have to wait until the first half of 2012 for the series' e-books as the opening of the Pottermore shop postponed from its planned October launch.

In a posting on the site's blog, it said: "As our first priority is to get as many people onto the site as possible, we have decided to open the shop in the first half of 2012. We will keep you updated with news about the Pottermore Shop here on the blog over the next few months".

It also said it was extending the period of beta testing for the website, due to the "phenomenal" level of site interaction. It said: "As a result, we've decided to extend the beta period beyond September and take a different approach to the way new users are brought onto the site", with registration to be open from the end of October. "

At the launch of Pottermore, the interactive site with additional content from the Potter series and storylines for users to follow and take part in, Rowling and her team announced the shop exclusively selling the Potter e-books, as well as audio versions, would open in early October.