The primary Harry Potter e book, Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone, is changing into even simpler to entry. Varied celebrities, together with Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, and Eddie Redmayne, are taking turns recording the e book’s 17 chapters on video with a chapter being launched every week. The video will probably be out there totally free on harrypotterathome.com, and the audio will probably be accessible exclusively on Spotify. The primary chapter, learn by Radcliffe, went on-line immediately.
Different movie star narrators embrace Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, David Beckham, and Noma Dumezweni. Extra stars bulletins are coming quickly, and chapters will probably be launched by way of mid-summer. This can be a notably large get for Spotify as a result of final month, Audible introduced its unique streaming rights to Stephen Fry’s studying of Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone. (The e book can also be out there there in Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Japanese.) Spotify clearly wanted its personal content material to compete.
This e book studying is a part of creator J.Okay. Rowling’s effort to make her work simpler to entry throughout the pandemic. She and her crew have loosened the licensing restrictions to permit lecturers to learn the books just about to their college students whereas the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing. There are some restrictions round this, nonetheless, with the primary one being that lecturers can solely learn the books on closed academic platforms like Google Classroom or Schoology, quite than public, industrial platforms like YouTube. Academics are additionally inspired to stay to the books precisely as they’re written.