Audio book excerpts are now available to listen on Pottermore

Pottermore has added audio book excerpts to five Moments in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of which is ‘The Chessboard Chamber’ in Chapter Sixteen.

Pottermore has announced that they have added new audio book excerpts to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Pottermore explained that the clippings are available in English (UK & US), German, and Italian. Hopefully they will add more languages in the future for other international audiences.

The audio reading is an excerpt from the audio book edition of the books and is read by the same person that did the whole audio book. They appear every so often in the first book and play automatically once the moment has fully loaded.

From the Insider post:

Pottermore users from the United States are able to hear Jim Dale narrating, German users are able to listen to Felix von Manteuffel, Italian users can hear Giorgio Scaramuzzino and UK users can listen to Stephen Fry’s readings.

There are five total excerpts in the first book that they have included. Pottermore says they will be releasing clues over this week to help you find the audio excerpts. To make it easier for you, we’ve found all five of the excerpts and listed them below. If you are a member of Pottermore you can click on them to listen.

Here’s where you can find the excerpts:

Enjoy the new audio excerpts!

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Hype for The Casual Vacancy; Pictures of printing surface online, HuffPost boasts about receiving their copy

Excitement for J.K. Rowling’s new book is at an all-time high as millions of fans, readers, and booksellers count down to the publication of the most anticipated title of the year. Today we have a new batch of pictures to make your mouth water even more.

First off, pictures have surfaced of a German factory where thousands of copies of The Casual Vacancy are being packaged to be distributed across the country. The pictures are a first to give us an idea of the size of the novel, even though the German edition is nearly 70 pages longer than the English editions. Check out the pics below!

In related news, HuffPost Books seemed to be on a mission today to get us angry. They were boasting on Twitter about receiving their copy of the book, and uploaded a few Instagram pictures of the book and the hand-delivered package. Check out that story here on our Tumblr.

The Casual Vacancy hits store shelves this Thursday, September 27.

Help Wanted: We are seeking a volunteer news writer

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS NOW BEEN CLOSED. Pottermore News is very sorry for the inconvenience.
Pottermore News is seeking a volunteer news writer.
Pottermore News is an ever-growing site and continues to reach new shores everyday. To accommodate our rapid growth, we are seeking writers for the site. Specifically, we are seeking a news reporter for a voluntary position.
The successful applicant will have to report on Pottermore related news that will be published on the site. They will be using WordPress software (on the Internet). Along with Pottermore news, they will have to report on important, newsworthy J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter stories. When any news is announced, the reporter will have to write a post for the site as soon as possible. On average, we publish three news posts a day.
Applicants must have writing experience and knowledge in grammar. Though it is not a requirement, we are looking for a person with experience in news reporting. If you are an excellent writer and news reporter, we suggest you apply.
As it is one of the job requirements, we are looking for someone who knows Harry Potter – someone who has read the series and is a fan. You must have a Pottermore account and be familiar with the site. If you are a regular Pottermore user that’s even better. We don’t want anyone who isn’t interested in Harry Potter, because if you aren’t and working for us, it won’t be any fun, right?
As any news writer, the news writer will have to find the story sometimes; the story will not always come to you..
Good luck to all applicants.
Job Requirements:
-Must speak and write in the English language
-Must be able to write during the day
-Must be somewhat familiar with WordPress.
-Must have a Pottermore account
-Familiarity with Harry Potter – book, films, etc.
-Be active on Twitter, or at least know how to use it
To apply for the position you may either submit your resume or submit an original piece of writing to pottermoreowl@aol.com. Along with this, please include your name and your reason for applying (why you want the job). You may send your submission in the form of an e-mail (as in writing it out within an email), or a PDF, Microsoft Word Document or Apple Pages attachment file.
We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.
While this is not a paid position, we are positive that you will receive substantial satisfaction in writing and posting on this site. At listing, this position is voluntary, however, a salary may be negotiable in the future.

Harry Potter ebooks are coming to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Yesterday we reported that a banner and owl have been popping up on Amazon.com’s Kindle page with the tagline, “Wizardry is on the way”. Today we learned what all those banners and owls mean.

In a press release initiated today, Amazon announced that the Harry Potter e-books will soon be available on their Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Amazon has purchased the license from Pottermore to make this addition possible, with the books being available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is a benefit of the Amazon Prime membership which gives you exclusive free access to a number of TV shows and movies along with free shipping on all products. From the press release:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this agreement with Pottermore. This is the kind of significant investment in the Kindle ecosystem that we’ll continue to make on behalf of Kindle owners,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO ofAmazon.com. “Over a year, borrowing the Harry Potter books, plus a handful of additional titles, can alone be worth more than the $79 cost of Prime or a Kindle. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library also has an innovative feature that’s of great benefit for popular titles like Harry Potter – unlimited supply of each title – you never get put on a waiting list.”

The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library now features over 145,000 books to borrow for free, including over 100 current and former New York Times Best Sellers. With traditional library lending, the library buys a certain number of eBook copies of a particular title. If all of those are checked out, readers have to get on a waiting list. For popular titles like Harry Potter, the wait can sometimes be months. With the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, there are no due dates, books can be borrowed as frequently as once a month, and there are no limits on how many people can simultaneously borrow the same title—so readers never have to wait in line for the book they want.

The books will be available on the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library starting on June 19, 2012.