Pottermore launches Japanese website

Javelin Group helped develop the Japanese version of the Pottermore Shop shop.pottermore.com. The Japanese site is the newest addition to the pioneering multilingual, multicurrency Pottermore Shop, which launched three months ago and sells digital versions of the full range of Harry Potter books, in English (UK and US versions), Spanish, French, German, Italian and now Japanese.

The e-books and digital audio books are watermarked to personalise each edition and the Japanese e-books can be downloaded onto any EPUB3 compatible reader.

Julian Thomas, CTO of Pottermore says: "We are extremely pleased to make the Pottermore Shop available in Japanese, adding support for payments in Yen, and publishing the Harry Potter stories as vertical text e-books using EPUB3. Since its launch, the Pottermore Shop has attracted a huge number of Harry Potter fans, as well as those new to Harry Potter. We chose Javelin Group to support us in developing the Shop, due to its proven experience in developing large scale transactional websites for retailers, and we have continued to engage the firm for the on-going website development including the new Japanese site."

All seven Harry Potter books are available as e-books and digital audio books from the Pottermore Shop website. The website was built on the Intershop e-commerce platform and includes bespoke enhancements developed by Javelin Group such as the ability to push out each purchased e-book to most leading e-reading services.

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