Pottermore offering free access to “Sorcerer’s Stone” eBook in public libraries for two weeks


Aug 29, 2018

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone, News, Pottermore, Publishers

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S., Pottermore Publishing is offering free access (with no wait lists or holds) to the eBook in public libraries in North America from August 27-September 10.  There are no possible late fees as the book will expire at the end of the lending period.

“Pottermore Publishing is delighted to offer fans the chance to celebrate 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone via their local library,” said Jennie McCann, Publishing Director at Pottermore Publishing. “We have worked with digital library distributors across the US to bring this to life and look forward to seeing the campaign unfold.”

The book can be read via an eReader app called Libby, which is free to download from the iOS App Store, Google Play or Windows App Store on all major devices.  You’ll also need a library card for your local library but you already have that, don’t you?  If not, you can get one easily and quickly, usually just by showing proof of address.  Some libraries offer an Instant Digital Card, which you can get with just a mobile phone number.

Now, we realise that if you are visiting The Leaky Cauldron, it’s quite likely that you have already read Sorcerer’s Stone, and may own several editions of it.  But perhaps you became a fan via the films, or you’d like to celebrate the anniversary by re-reading it and an easily portable, digital version would suit you at present.  Better yet, perhaps you know someone who hasn’t yet entered the Potterverse.  Telling them about this opportunity to dive into the first book at no expense, with easy access from their own devices, is an ideal way to introduce them to the Wizarding World!

Check out the full story here, and our coverage of Scholastic’s 20th Anniversary panel at San Diego Comic Con with our own webmistress, Melissa Anneli, here.

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.