Names in the news, March 29

Posted March 28, 2012, at 5:03 p.m.

At last, Harry Potter’s adventures are available electronically. The seven novels about J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard are for sale as e-books and audio books on the author’s Pottermore website, the site’s creators announced Tuesday. The books are currently available in English, in U.S. and U.K. editions, with the first three titles priced at $7.99 or 4.99 British pounds for e-books and $29.99 or 17.99 pounds for audio versions. The site says French, Italian, German and Spanish editions will follow in the coming weeks. The books are available only through the website, which says they are compatible with major electronic readers, including Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader and Barnes & Noble’s Nook, as well as with tablets, mobile phones, PCs and e-readers on Google’s Play. The Harry Potter novels have sold 450 million copies, but Rowling for years resisted making the books available in digital form. The author announced last month that she is working on a novel for adults, whose title and release date have not been disclosed. … Records show Amy Winehouse left an estate worth 2.94 million pounds ($4.66 million) after her death last year. The 27-year-old soul diva was found dead in bed on July 23 at her London home. Probate documents showed Wednesday that she left behind assets totaling more than 4.25 million pounds ($6.7 million), with 2.94 million pounds ($4.66 million) remaining after debts and taxes. Since Winehouse did not leave a will, the money will go to her parents. The documents list father Mitch Winehouse as administrator of the singer’s estate. Nothing goes to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she divorced in 2009. Winehouse shot to fame with her 2006 album “Back to Black,” but struggled for years with drug and alcohol abuse. An inquest found she died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

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