‘Harry Potter’ e-books: J.K. Rowling series finally goes digital

March 27, 2012 | 9:32 a.m.

The seven "Harry Potter" books are now available to purchase in digital format on Pottermore.com.

This post has been corrected, as detailed below.

Would-be wizards can now purchase the “Harry Potter” novels as e-books through Pottermore, author J.K. Rowling’s virtual world for magic-loving Muggles.

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All seven books in the series are now on sale in the Pottermore Shop, marking the first time the “Harry Potter” series — which shattered book sales records and spawned the most successful movie franchise of all time — is available in digital format.

The books are available in English print and audio formats, in their U.S. and U.K. editions, with four other languages on the way, including Spanish, French, Italian and German. They are being released in the popular EPUB format, which is compatible with most e-readers, including Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Sony’s Reader and devices using Google Play.

The digital books range from $7.99 to $9.99 individually or $57.54 for the complete series, making the e-books slightly cheaper than retail paperbacks. Audio versions range from $29.99 to $44.99, or $242.94 for the entire series.

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Fans have long anticipated the release, which comes more than a decade after the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” captured the imaginations of young readers and their parents, and became a pop-culture phenomenon. The seventh and last book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” is the fastest-selling book in history; 11 million copies flew off shelves in 24 hours in 2007.

Rowling, who retained the digital rights to her books, announced the e-book release last June, when she unveiled Pottermore, a free “online experience” for Potter fans wishing to immerse themselves in the wizarding world. The site promises interactive features, allowing users to be sorted into Hogwarts houses, experience the story lines from the novels and read previously unpublished material from Rowling.

Pottermore, which was open to a limited number of users for beta testing beginning last fall, is expected to be fully available to all users in April.

[For the Record, 3:10 p.m. March 27: An earlier version of this post referred to Google Play as an e-reader. Rather, it is a digital service that makes content (including the "Harry Potter" books) available across multiple devices.]

– Noelene Clark

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7 Responses to ‘Harry Potter’ e-books: J.K. Rowling series finally goes digital

  1. Dawn says:

    I am so excited for the ebook versions! Now I can have the whole Harry series at my fingertips! My kids always say that I explain so much of life events and understanding people through; "Remember in the books where…" Now I can just quickly bring up the event, and will always have the chance to pull myself into the life of Harry during any down time! I know I will get the whole series downloaded onto my Nook at first chance. Thanks!

  2. Adam H. says:

    The Kindle does not natively support ePub. Please correct this article.

  3. paulthebookguy says:

    This whole thing is silly. Why she thinks she is too good to have her books in book stores is beyond me. The book stores made her what she is today, and she is basically pooping on them as far as eBooks. Perhaps when her new novel is ready to go, it won't be stacked in piles at the local Chapters.

    • Ann. says:

      I don't see why you think she is being silly. It's not like she isn't letting bookstores to sell her books anymore. She's just selling the ebook version so it can be more accessible.

      Are you saying that bookstores should be the ones selling her book? It's her book, she can do whatever she wants with it, especially since she has the rights.

  4. Lee says:

    @ Adam H… I don't know about the programming, but I was able to download all 7 books onto my Kindle in about a minute. The Pottermore Shop gives you the ability to link their shop with Amazon so you can instantly transfer the books to your Amazon account. They also have a button so it's one click to get to your Amazon account where all of your purchased items are stored, and then another one click per book to transfer each on to the Kindle. Total time for transfer was under 5 minutes and my brief glance showed that the books are readable and even have the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter.

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