Harry Potter ebooks are on the way, but no sequel

Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:36pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - The seven Harry Potter novels will be available as ebooks in October, author J.K. Rowling said on Thursday at the launch of a new interactive online website that will allow readers to navigate through the wizard stories.

Rowling gave her clearest indication yet that she would not write an eighth Harry Potter story to follow the final installment published in 2007 by Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the United States.

"I do have closure with Harry," Rowling told reporters at the launch of the Pottermore website (www.pottermore.com).

"I have no plans to write another novel. I'm pretty sure I'm done on the novel front...But it was fun while it lasted."

Such is the scale of Rowling's fan base and the success of her novels that any indication of a new novel would be major news in the publishing and cinema world.

The long-awaited launch of the ebook versions could itself bring in many new readers to a series of stories that has already sold 400 million copies around the world and generated a record-breaking movie franchise made by the Warner Bros. studio.

The ebooks will be exclusively available from October in several languages on the Pottermore site, which has been set up in partnership with Sony Corp. They will be usable on all major electronic reading devices.

"It is my view you can't hold back progress," Rowling said in London.   Continued...