- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - One of the world’s most famous digital holdouts, J.K. Rowling has joined the 21st century _ but on her own special terms.

The “Harry Potter” author says she has created a new interactive website to be the exclusive seller of the e-book editions of her popular series.

This is an unwelcome surprise for traditional bookstores, which helped Rowling sell hundreds of millions of the Potter novels. But the news is a landmark for the growing electronic market.

E-books were 1 percent of total sales four years ago. They now account for more than 20 percent.


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