Friday, 09 October 2015 01:34

Enhanced Harry Potter books magically come to life on Apple iBooks

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It’s the magic of software! All seven Harry Potter books now have immersive interaction accompanying the full text, exclusively on Apple iBooks.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter craze has just received a magically interactive new and enhanced lease of animated life, and it’s exclusive to iBooks on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac.

Each individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork bringing these beloved stories to life in a unique way is now available to download.

In addition, Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself.

J.K. Rowling said: “I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way.”

Tim Cook, Apple CEO said: “Harry Potter fans are going to love how their favourite stories come to life. J.K. Rowling’s legendary series is perfect for enjoying on your iPad or iPhone and we’re thrilled to offer them exclusively on the iBooks Store.”

Until now, the Harry Potter digital books have only been available for readers to purchase through the Pottermore Shop.

Starting now, iBooks users can experience the books with all new exclusive custom covers for each title, and typography including the custom Harry Potter typefaces and new section headers and drop caps.

The Harry Potter Enhanced Editions are available in English for $11.99 inc. GST each in 32 countries. Pre-orders also begin today for French, German and Spanish versions, and will be available on 9 November in 18 additional countries.

Harry Potter fans can also explore other magical content including Harry Potter movies, soundtrack albums and apps on the custom Harry Potter page on iBooks via iTunes here.

At the time of publication, my wizard wand didn't seem to be working so well, as it didn't bring up the promised custom page - must be some interference from Lord Voldemort. Just type 'Harry Potter' into the iTunes search bar, search from the App Store, and scroll down to the books section, whereupon you'll find the AUD $11.99 enhanced books on offer. 

Pottermore is J.K. Rowling’s digital entertainment, news and e-commerce company, inspired by the Harry Potter books and the wider Wizarding World.

It was launched in 2012, and is also the global publisher of the Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio books.

It’s the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and is ‘dedicated to unlocking the power of imagination,’, offering news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling.

Apple’s iDevices are the magical platform on which muggles can enjoy it all.

Finally, you will need to upgrade to the newest iOS 9.0.2 (or better) version to experience it all, which is presumably Apple's way of casting a spell over iOS 9.x upgrade numbers so they grow even faster!


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