I remember reading the Harry Potter series way back in primary school in the original Scholastic paperback print. Since then we’ve seen the series generate a widely successful film series, over 450 million books sold and a range of new versions of the books with new covers and illustrations over the years.
Then the world of ebooks and the iPad came along. I remember when the iBooks store launched on the iPad and searching Harry Potter, only to be disappointed when the no results message popped up. It’s been the one noticiable series that have been missing from the iBooks store for a number of years, with many fans around the world asking ‘when?’ Overtime we then saw the books becoming available digitally for the first time from the Pottermore website, a Harry Potter fan website with significant input by J.K Rowling herself. With the exclusive rights to sell digital copies bound to Pottermore, it seemed like we’d never be able to properly revisit the series on iBooks.
Cut to late yesterday evening, when an email somewhat akin to an owl delivering my very own Hogwarts letter arrived in my inbox. As soon as I received the email, I became immediately excited, as I read the words Harry Potter and iBooks; I knew the wait was finally over with Apple and J.K Rowling announcing the entire Harry Potter series is now available in available in an exciting new format on the iBooks Store.
These are no ordinary ebooks though – they’re exclusively enhanced versions with full original text, but with the addition of interactive animations and elaborate artwork bringing these beloved stories to life in a unique way. In addition to the animations, theres never before-seen annotations from J.K Rowling herself.
“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way…” – J.K. Rowling.
These interactive animations such as the example below bring the series to life making the wait all that more worth it. Each of the books have a brand new cover and a special typeface for the drop cap called Fluffy, named after Hagrid’s three-headed dog.
Each book in the series is available in 32 countries including Australia, available at AUD $11.99 each (note: there is a free sample you can download to get a preview before purchasing). The iBooks store are available on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and the Mac. To purchase the books or to explore other content such as games, the movies and more head over to www.iTunes.com/HarryPotter.