J.K. Rowling has adamantly refused, for years, to allow her “Harry Potter” books to be sold for the Kindle, the Nook, or in any e-book form, until now.

Coupled with Thursday’s launch of Pottermore, Rowling announced that all of her books would be available for all major e-book platforms, including the Kindle, directly through the new website.

The “Harry Potter” series has sold 450 million copies worldwide, and more will come with this development.

A beta of Pottermore launched in July, and the full site, with e-books, is expected up in October.

Rowling owns the digital rights to her boos, not U.K. publisher Bloomsbury Publishing, or Scholastic Inc., which owns the U.S. print rights. She is taking the bold step toward self-e-publishing, instead of brokering out the rights and selling the books through Amazon or the Apple iBookstore.

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