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'Harry Potter' e-book, audio pre-sales: delayed

Pre-sales to school and public libraries of 'Harry Potter' e-books and audio have been temporarily suspended.

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Pre-sales for Potter e-books and audio books for libraries will begin again soon, said Overdrive representative Michael Lovett.

Overdrive, the publisher that will work with the website Pottermore to provide schools and libraries with Harry Potter audiobooks and e-books, announced on its website Monday that pre-sales for the books have been suspended.

“This is only a postponement, and libraries will soon be able to resume pre-ordering the titles in preparation for launch in April,” Overdrive social media and public relations specialist Michael Lovett wrote on the e-book distributor’s website.

The blog post said that the postponement was needed to plan the launch of the books with Pottermore, but that pre-sales would be available again soon. The library and school program is scheduled to begin April 30.

“The postponement is just to coordinate the marketing efforts,” Lovett told School Library Journal. “There hasn't been any effect on the ultimate availability of the books.”

Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.

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