Charge up your mp3 players, Nooks, Kindles, iPads and all that – as of today, Tuesday, March 27, all seven Harry Potter books are available as eBooks and digital audio books from the Pottermore Shop. Love that Jim Dale on the audio books!
The site says about eBooks: “Harry Potter eBooks are compatible with all leading eReaders, tablets and smartphones.”
The site says about audio books: “Harry Potter digital audio books are compatible with MP3 players, including iPods and hundreds of other audio devices.”
I read this in Publisher’s Weekly, “The full Pottermore site has ended beta testing and is expected to launch in early April. The site will showcase new writing by J.K. Rowling and include extensive interactive content.” Sign me up for the “new writing”!
Annnnnd, you can borrow them with your Indianapolis library card already! Just put “harry potter” in the search box.
Thanks to “JingCi daughter of Hades” who shared this youtube video link on the Kid’s Blog – lots of discussion on the blog about the cover of the new Heroes of Olympus Book – The Son of Neptune, that comes out October 4th. Watch the video and join the discussion.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret was such an outstanding book. Briefly, “Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.” The book has unbelievable drawings in it. It’s a novel, but full of pictures too. I have high hopes for the movie – it comes out November 23, 2011.
Take a look at the trailer:
This 550 page novel has a big surprise once you open it…the fact that many of the pages are pictures! It’s a bit like reading, and then turning the pages like a little movie, and then reading some more. The pictures are drawn from interesting angles and perspectives and are as much fun as the story. It is not a pictures book, but an illustrated novel, like a comic book or graphic novel.
12 year-old Hugo is an orphan living in a train station in Paris, but he doesn’t live out in the bustle of the station, he lives in the walls! Hugo is an apprentice to the clock keeper, who happens to be Hugo’s Uncle. Hugo’s Uncle has disappeared leaving Hugo to tend the clocks. Afraid of being discovered, Hugo continues to do his Uncle’s job and collecting his Uncle’s paychecks, even though he can’t cash them. Hugo scavenges for food and sometimes has to steal.
Hugo has a big job just to survive alone, but in his free time, Hugo enjoys working on a project begun by his Father. He tinkers with a mechanical man, called an automaton (a robot), trying to get it to work. The small mechanical parts of the automaton are like the parts in the clock…each piece fitting with the next piece to make the machine work correctly. Hugo’s life is like one of these mechanical pieces… he just doesn’t know where his piece fits with the next…until he meets a girl and a crotchety toy shop owner…then the pieces of his life begin to fit together. Author & Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Well, hmm, this sounds really interesting. JK dug out boxes of old notes and has compiled a lot of background information about the characters and the wizarding world. To reveal all of that as game play and in ebooks and on video – cool! You really should keep an eye on it all. Pottermore Official Website. The site Officially opens in October but you can enter your email address and find out when registration opens. Plus, it says, “Pottermore is a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books. Come back on 31st July to find out how you can get the chance to enter Pottermore early.”
Two big pieces of harry potter news this week. J.K. Rowling launched a new website called Pottermore. It is still unclear what all J.K. will put on this website – but so far it looks really good. For more details read about the launch at J.K. Rowling: Pottermore Website Launch.
Also this week Warner Bros. released the final trialer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Since this is the very last movie…this will be the very last trailer. And now, we wait for July 15th. I would keep an eye on Pottermore though, since it was launched before July 15th I think interesting things will probably appear there leading up to the movie.