Beginning today, the digital audiobook editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are available for purchase at audible.com, audible.co.uk, audible.de and audible.com.au. Up until now, customers who wanted audiobook versions of the titles had to purchase physical copies from retailers, or download the titles from J.K. Rowling's website/company, Pottermore.
The various Audible sites will feature the narration performances originally recorded for audiobook format in their respective territories: Jim Dale in the North American version, Felix von Manteuffel in the German version, and Stephen Fry for the version sold in the U.K. and the rest of the world. The North American version can be downloaded in the U.S. at audible.com/HarryPotter.
Audible is the sole subscription-based service to offer the Harry Potter series as digital audiobooks, and this new arrangement gives customers the opportunity to listen to the Harry Potter titles at a significantly reduced cost. The CD editions of the titles have a list price ranging from $49.95 to $79.95, while the a la carte digital audio editions are listed from $29.99 to $44.99. With Audible, customers can access the titles with an Audible membership or by signing up for a 30-day trial of Audible’s service
“We are thrilled to offer our customers the opportunity to enjoy the Harry Potter audio catalog seamlessly through the Audible service,” Audible chief content officer Andy Gaies said in a statement.
The Harry Potter digital audiobook editions also remain available for sale via Pottermore, which was launched in 2012 as a partnership between Rowling and Sony. Pottermore continues to be the global publisher of the Harry Potter digital audiobooks and e-books.