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Harry Potter E-Books, Digital Audiobooks In Libraries Today

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Two days after the Pottermore shop launched, Harry Potter e-books and digital audiobooks will be available in libraries as of noon ET today.

The Harry Potter digital materials are distributed to libraries through OverDrive. They were available for pre-reserve in OverDrive client libraries like the NYPL a couple of weeks ago, but OverDrive then “temporarily suspended pre-sales and display of these titles at library websites in order to “[coordinate] launch plans with Pottermore.”

Pottermore announced its library policy at the launch of the shop earlier this week. The Bookseller reported, “Libraries will be able to loan each e-book edition as many times as there is demand, but the license will only last for five years, after which libraries will need to purchase a new edition.”

The e-books are available as EPUB and Kindle editions.

If you want to borrow a Harry Potter e-book from the library, place a hold now. At the NYPL, there are 78 holds on the e-book version of the first title in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The NYPL bought 50 copies.