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'
For releases and images, please go to: http://press.pottermore.com/ja
NOTES TO EDITORS
1) The Harry Potter books have constituted the most successful book series
of all time. Each of the seven books has broken sales records, with the series
to date having sold approximately 450 million copies worldwide, been
distributed in over 200 territories and translated into 73 languages, as well
as being turned into blockbuster films. It was recently announced that a Harry
Potter theme park would open in Osaka in 2014.
2) Pottermore is a free-to-use website partnered by Sony that can be
enjoyed alongside the Harry Potter books. It is the only place to read
exclusive new Harry Potter content by J.K. Rowling, and is also the exclusive
home of the Harry Potter eBooks.
3) The seven eBooks of the Harry Potter series will be published in
Japanese in EPUB3 format. The price will be available at the time of launch.
4) Each of the eBooks is unabridged and text only, without enhancement. The
eBooks are published in partnership with J.K. Rowling's print publisher in
Japan, Say-zan-sha Publications.
5) For help and guidance when purchasing the Harry Potter eBooks, please
visit the help section of shop.pottermore.com in Japanese once available.
6) Payment options in the Pottermore shop include JCB, American Express,
Visa and Mastercard Credit and Debit cards.
7) The eBooks are available for personal use and by both parents, and
children under 18 years old. The Pottermore Shop personalises eBooks with a
combination of watermarking techniques to protect copyright.
8) The Pottermore Shop includes an instant Gifting option so that friends
and family can send Harry Potter eBooks as presents at the press of a button.
9) The Pottermore management team is headed by Chief Executive Officer
Charlie Redmayne and Chief Technical Officer Julian Thomas.