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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Chief wizard quits Pottermore

From Digital Book World

Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne has left the company to become CEO of HarperCollins UK, replacing Victoria Barnsley, who had been at the publisher and in the position of CEO for 13 years.

The move comes two years after Redmayne left his position as chief digital officer of HarperCollins to head Pottermore, the Harry Potter digital destination. Redmayne will report to Brian Murray, HarperCollins worldwide CEO.

Redmayne made headlines in the book publishing world in March 2012 when he successfully led the launch of Pottermore, where readers could buy Harry Potter ebooks for the first time. One publishing consultant said Pottermore “changed the game” because it sold books directly to readers, forcing Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers to sell as a third party and then refer customers to Pottermore for download.

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