September 28, 2016

Harry Potter Digital Checkouts Start Thursday


Harry Potter ebooks will be ready for checkout starting Thursday, March 29, at 9 am ET, according to a notice OverDrive sent to its library customers this morning. The ebook distributor also re-opened pre-orders of J.K. Rowling’s seven bestsellers, restoring the titles to Content Reserve, according to a release.

“Any previous hold placed on Harry Potter titles will be honored and patron/student waiting list queues will remain the same,” says the announcement.

OverDrive had stopped pre-sales of the titles last week. With little explanation for the reason, the move raised concern within the library community.

In addition to resuming sales, OverDrive has extended the 10 percent discount on all Harry Potter titles to libraries through April 30, 2012. The books are available in MP3, Kindle, and EPUB formats, and will be available for five years from the first date a library can offer the book to patrons.

Pottermore, the digital destination for all things related to Harry Potter, put the digital titles on sale this morning and will expand its entire site in April.


Harry Potter ebooks on sale on the Pottermore site

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