SEATTLE, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Libro.fm (www.libro.fm), the digital audiobook platform for independent bookstores, has partnered with Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment, and news company, to offer eight Wizarding World digital audiobooks through independent bookstores nationwide.
This announcement marks the first time independent bookstores in the United States have been able to offer Wizarding World digital audiobooks to their customers.
"Books Inc. is thrilled to be able to offer J.K. Rowling audiobooks to the loyal customers of our partner stores. With summer approaching, these audiobooks will be perfect for family road trips or long plane rides, and our customers will love being able to immerse themselves in the timeless stories and magical world that J.K. Rowling has created," said Margie Scott Tucker of Books Inc., one of the oldest and largest independent booksellers on the West Coast of the US.
The Wizarding World digital audiobooks include all seven novels in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series as well as the indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne who starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the 2016 film inspired by the Hogwarts Library book.
"Harry Potter titles have always held a special place within independent bookstores — on the shelves and in the hearts and minds of booksellers. Now in digital audio, current and future generations of Wizarding World fans can discover and rediscover these stories through their beloved local bookstores," said Stephanie Ballien, Director of Marketing at libro.fm.
The print editions have had great success throughout local bookstores and with the addition of the digital audiobooks, the opportunity to share these stories will only increase.
Oren Teicher, American Booksellers Association CEO, said, "For two decades, the Harry Potter titles have held a singular spot on the shelves of independent bookstores, as young readers — who are now themselves parents of young readers — discovered the wonders of an amazing story and great writing. Indie booksellers look forward to this new opportunity to share J.K. Rowling's remarkable series in digital audio."
Libro.fm is the independent store for digital audiobooks. Based in Seattle, WA, Libro.fm offers tens of thousands of DRM-free digital audiobooks, available for download and through its free iOS and Android apps.
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