For many eager fans, there’s something magical about tapping a button on an e-reader and getting transported to Harry Potter’s wizarding world.
After months of delay, J.K. Rowling’s seven mega-best-selling Harry Potter books are now available in e-book form for the first time ever on her Pottermore website. The prices reflect the length of the novels; books one through three are priced at $7.99, while the four remaining tomes are $9.99.
By selling the books on her own site, Rowling is keeping most of the profits, rather than sharing a sizable chunk with third parties, as is usually the case with e-book sales. Customers will still be able to download the books via links from other retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and Google onto devices like the Kindle, NOOK, Sony Reader, and Google Play. The books are not yet available through Apple’s iBooks store, however, perhaps due to the fact that many publishers view Apple as the Dark Lord of the book world for its e-book pricing tactics.
The content side of the Pottermore website, which promises an interactive experience of the Harry Potter universe, is still in beta testing and slated to go live in April.
To all you magic wand/e-reader wielders: Are you excited for the e-book versions of Harry Potter even if you’ve already read them the old fashioned way?
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