Release of HP e-books and audio books on the Pottermore site has been delayed until 2012. 

According to the Pottermore Insider Blog   “Finally, the Pottermore Shop, which will sell the Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio books, will now open in the first half of 2012, in order to allow us to focus on our first priority: opening Pottermore to as many people as possible and making the experience as good as it can be.”

Feedback I’m getting from people I know, who are not part of Pottermore’s beta test, is mostly disappointment.  The first disappointment was that the site wasn’t opening to everyone on October 1st as originally announced. The bigger disappointment is the delay e-books which so many people are looking forward to. 

It’s not surprising that either of those events have happened. There is still plenty of work to do on the site–lots of beautiful moments graphics to create, games to build, etc. 

I also wonder if this isn’t a benefit for the e-reader systems out there that will need to update their operating systems to truly benefit from the features that Pottermore is planning to offer.

What do you think?