J.K. Rowling publishes new book, releases chapters for free online

J.K. Rowling allowing readers to download new book online for free

Fans of writer J.K. Rowling have a new book to devour.

Rowling penned “The Ickabog," sharing each chapter with her own children as she finished them. Now, fans of the “Harry Potter” author get the chance to have a similar experience as she releases a chapter or two every day for the next seven weeks, Huffington Post reported.

Not only is she putting the story directly into the hands, or devices of her readers, she’s doing it for free.

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The story can be downloaded here.

Rowling says the story is not about “Harry Potter” and there’s no magic.

But don’t worry if you like flipping pages instead of swiping on a tablet.

“The Ickabog” will be published in book form in November, and Rowling said all proceeds will go to people who have been affected by the coronavirus.

She’s also sponsoring a competition for young, budding artists to help illustrate the story and bring it to life. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 can draw or paint a picture to illustrate a theme. New themes will be posted with each new chapter. All entries must be submitted by July 17. For more information, click here.

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon her arrival at the premiere of the film 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', in London. JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday May 26, 2020, that she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon her arrival at the premiere of the film 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', in London. JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday May 26, 2020, that she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File) (Joel C Ryan/Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)