'Harry Potter' e-books and digital audiobooks will be available across a network of 18,000 lending libraries worldwide. ©AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Now that the Harry Potter film franchise has ended, author J.K. Rowling announced through the website Pottermore this week that the Harry Potterbook series would live on as e-books and digital audiobooks to be made available in schools and public libraries through OverDrive, a British global digital book lending service.

This arrangement will cover e-books in English and more than 20 languages, starting with French, Italian, German and Spanish — with other languages to follow — across a network of 18,000 lending libraries worldwide.

“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,” said OverDrive CEO and President Steve Potash. “We are honoured to bring this beloved storytelling experience digitally to public and school libraries worldwide.”

The e-books and digital audiobooks will be available for computers and reading devices including PC, Mac, e-readers, tablets and smartphones by Sony Reader, Kindle, NOOK, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

Also the digital audiobooks will be made available for borrowing in the MP3 format. Pottermore will use Google’s e-book format and the e-books will be sold using Google Checkout.

Pottermore, currently in a private beta format online, will begin by offering the digital versions of the seven Harry Potter novels exclusively. The release date is set for late 2012.

http://www.Pottermore.com

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