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For the first time, Harry Potter e-books will be available in Japanese:

PRESS RELEASE:
Harry Potter eBooks Available in Japanese at ‘Pottermore’

PR Newswire

LONDON, July 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

The eBook editions of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter stories will be available for the first time in Japanese when the Pottermore Shop (Shop.Pottermore.com/ja_JP), the exclusive retailer of Harry Potter eBooks, launches in Japanese later this summer.

Pottermore, partnered by Sony, also features an exciting, free-to-use online experience built around the Harry Potter stories and features new content from J.K. Rowling. A Japanese version of this will be launched at a date still to be announced.

The Japanese editions of the Harry Potter eBooks will be published in EPUB3 format and can be read on any EPUB3 compatible device or reading service, with Japanese font enabled. This will allow them to be downloaded for personal use on a range of devices and platforms, including personal computers, eReaders, tablets and mobile phones.

Charlie Redmayne, Pottermore CEO, comments:

‘J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books have been phenomenally popular in Japan and we are delighted now to make the eBook version available in Japanese. We will also soon be making the free to use Experience available – which will offer Japanese Harry Potter fans the chance to explore and discover new writing by J.K. Rowling as well as immerse themselves in some great interactive content and community activities’

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