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The Harry Potter series is finally advancing into eBook land, and has been released in full in electronic format. As opposed to what were used to, the Harry Potter eBooks are available for purchase only from the Pottermore shop, which handles the Harry Potter eBook sales exclusively.

You won’t find these books on Amazon or Google Books, but they are nonetheless compatible with almost every eReader out there, including the Kindle, Nook, Kobo eReader and all tablets, including the iPad. Check out the full list of all compatible eReaders before you purchase to make sure your device is supported.


As for prices, you won’t find big surprises. Books 1-3 are selling for $7.99, and books 4-7, which are significantly longer, go for $9.99. You can also buy the full series for $57.54, which is a bit cheaper than the $64 you will pay if you buy them each individually. You can also purchase the digital Harry Potter audiobooks for $29.99 or $44.99 for the longer ones.

In order to purchase merchandise from the Pottermore shop, you have to create an account on the website, and then pay using an accepted credit card or debit card. There are no other forms of payment available, and you can’t use vouchers such as Amazon gift cards, etc.

Will you rush out to buy Harry Potter eBooks? Or do you think these eBooks are a bit late into the game?

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Source: Pottermore

  1. Z.B. Manfred
    April 6, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Apologies in advance for the extended rant, but... I won't rush out for Potter e-books; I won't rush out for any e-books, or bother with e-books at all. In fact, I'm P.O.'ed with Rowling for jumping on the disgraceful e-book bandwagon. To me it totally destroys the antiquated, Dickensian feel of the Potterverse in general. And she has a new book coming out, a crime novel for adults, so my thinking is she wanted to milk Potter for all its worth, as a promo gig before her next one is released -- probably also in e-books, which I simply cannot stand. I am surprised and actually appalled that J.D. Salinger's estate let "Catcher in the Rye" go e-book, when Salinger's wishes were that it not even become a movie. Rowling is a "phony" who is "rolling" in British crown jewels, and to me, a total sellout. She even tweets now, something she hardly ever did before, unless it's her daughter doing it in her stead or some PR rep. Tweeting is something I'd associate more with, well, twits, like Beeb the Dweeb, Alec "Schweddy" Baldwin, and Ashton "Dude, Where's Joe Pa" Kelso. Or rappers, football players, politicians... But not a novelist. No, not a writer. A writer writes, and expounds in lengthy narratives. 140 characters is too condensed to express fully a worthwhile idea. Writers only tweet because twits don't read. They tweet because they have to market themselves. And Rowling just sold out to the discount bin as far as I'm concerned.

    As an unpublished novelist myself who has serious aspirations of being PRINT, i.e. "traditionally," published, by an actual company that specializes in books, and not Spamazon or Adobe Dingbat Editions, I vow never to allow my work to be distributed in e-book format like Dame Joanne and now Judy Blume. Whatever happened to a paperback writer being a real good way to make a living? Now you've got to be an e-back writer? Amazon is the home of "over 1 million" other books including the self-pubbed crap like Fifty Shades to Beat Your Lover or whatever that smut is called. To lump Potter, a destined classic, in with the same format as Harlequin pr*n and those formulaic ad-copy PDF documents downloaded from self-help blogs is an aberration and a disgrace.

    I have never read an e-book and never will. It's like how half the movies I own are in VHS and the other half in DVD, having been released after VHS titles no longer existed. Am I going to replace the entire collection with Blu-Ray? Not a chance; it's a waste of money and time, and should Blu-Ray dominate the market entirely like DVD pushed VHS out, chances are I won't care because nothing the studios have released since Blu-Ray was invented has been worth my while to even bother sitting for the trailers. Same goes for e-books. Not a chance I'm going to replace the entire Grafton Alphabet series with twenty-six Kindle files, or take a chance on the newbies and download Amanda Hocking or J.A. Konrath, much less Fifty Sheets To The Wind or whatever it's called. And though there's not a chance J.K. will see this, as an avid print aficionado intent on boycotting all e-books for what they're worth (zilch), I award her no points, and may Dumbledore have mercy on her soul.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 7, 2012 at 5:45 am

      First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write such an elaborate comment. Not many people do!

      While I don't agree fully with what you're saying about e-books, I myself had a hard time making the switch, and still have a special appreciation for paper books which I will never have for e-books.

      On the other hand, I do understand authors who publish in e-format. They're in if for the art, true, but they're also in it to make a living and to have as many people as possible enjoy their art. There's a huge market in e-books, and it's not for just garbage novels, but classics and good literature as well. Trashy books existed way before e-books, and will probably continue with us to the next format.

      I understand your reasons to not touch e-books, I reached the same decision, and would probably have stuck to it had I not had an available e-reader in the house no one was using. Having said that, there's something amazing about the fact you can think about a book, and start reading it 5 minutes later. That's probably the biggest perk, as prices tend to be similar and the reading experience is still better on paper.

      Thanks again for you comment!

    • muotechguy
      April 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I find your attitude to be rather elitist. Personally, I could care less how the collection of alphanumerical characters reaches my mind - on screen or in print. I certainly dont think any less of book because it's available in digital form. In fact, I find it quite frustrating when an author doesn't provide a Kindle version - I assume they're just technologically deficient in some way.

      Do you also think we should get around by horse-drawn carriage, use records instead of mp3s, and use leeches instead of real medicine?

    • Simon Slangen
      April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Look at it this way: literary works are first and foremost about their contents. Digitalization not only helps in their preservation, but also in their accessibility. I understand your concerns and reasons for not jumping on this particular bandwagon. Just understand eBooks are offered as an alternative medium, not a replacement.

      Neil Gaiman has a twitter presence. I don't generally use Twitter, but he does manage to pull off those 140 characters.

      Most of all: don't curse the paths you neglect to tread.

    • Amanda
      April 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

      While I myself am a huge lover of physical books, I find your attitude towards ebooks rather old fashioned. It is way more practical for me to take my kindle on vacation and to school with me, for I have a whole library at my disposal rather than the one or two books I could fit in my bag. I still purchase the print copies of books that I am particularly fond of, such as the Harry Potter series (I have about four copies of each book), but it's nice to be able to load up my kindle with a dozen or so new books for beach reading. For me, ebooks will never replace print - I love the look and feel of a physical copy too much. However, ebooks are much more convenient and readily available and generally extend readership.

  2. Istivan
    April 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    These come to ebook format quite late in the day. I've read them all in book format, so I don't see the point of buying them again just to have them in electronic format.

    An interesting thing is the fact that they did arrive on Amazon (and Barnes & Noble, I think). They're the first to "force" the big booksellers to effectively act as third-party sellers, selling for the Pottermore shop through their platform. It's always good to see that a market is not wholly dominated.

    • Yaara Lancet
      April 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Yes, these were my thoughts as well - these ebooks are a bit late to the game. But I guess there are people out there who still haven't read the Harry Potter series. :)

      They do appear on Amazon, but you can't actually buy them from there, as far as I could see, but instead you're referred from there to the Pottermore website. It's indeed an interesting and unique move.

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