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Harry Potter e-books coming to schools, libraries

Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.” (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Opening up the Harry Potter books for a new generation of readers, OverDrive announced Monday that it has worked out a deal with J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore to bring the series to e-readers to school and public libraries.

“J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is a once-a-lifetime phenomenon and has been an extremely significant catalyst for reading and literacy for current and future generations,” said OverDrive chief executive Steve Potash. “We are honored to bring this beloved storytelling experience digitally to public and school libraries worldwide.”

The books will be available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish with more languages to follow, OverDrive said in a release. The books will be available on Kindle readers, any e-reader that uses the ePub format as well as OverDrive apps for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

Users will also be able to borrow books in MP3 format for computers, phones and the iPod.

The books will be available to over 18,000 public and school libraries across the globe, the release said.

To sign up to borrow books from OverDrive, you will need your library card number; using OverDrive’s app requires a free account from Adobe.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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