HARRY POTTER has been named one of the 50 most influential authors of the 21st century, and one of just a handful to have written an entire book in a single year.
His name will also be on the New York Times bestseller list for the first time, while the book The Great Gatsby is on the best-seller list in Australia, as well as in the UK and US.
His new book The Dark Knight Returns is one of five novels to be translated into the English language this year, alongside the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey and the best seller The Martian.
He is also the only writer to have won both the Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.
But now his publisher, Hachette Book Group, is shutting down its Harry Potter ebook download site, HarryPotter.com, saying it could no longer “ensure the safe, uninterrupted and reliable delivery of its products”.
The site had been a popular place to download and read the Potter novels for free, and was popular with fans of the series.
It had also attracted a lot of traffic from other sites.
Hachett said it was “aware of the potential for legal action from copyright owners and would take appropriate legal action”.
“While the site has been shut down, the site’s content remains available for viewing and purchase,” it said in a statement.
“The site is operated by a dedicated team of individuals and has not been linked to any other sites.”
Hachets spokesman, Joe Baudrillard, told The Australian that the site had generated a lot more traffic than it had originally expected.
“It was a very unique opportunity, one of many that we had,” he said.
“We had one site with a hundred thousand hits a day.
Now it’s down for good.”
Hacker News is still offering downloads of the Harry Potter novels and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, although that is now available for free.