Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Book That Shall Be Named: Harry Potter Comes to e-Books

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Harry Potter is now casting his magic over e-Books across the globe. The electronic versions of the bestsellers went on sale Tuesday, and in a unique practice that could transform the e-Book industry, the books are not locked down by encryption, meaning that consumers can move them between devices.

Additionally, Rowling is maintaining tight control over her books' availability. Consumers can only purchase the Harry Potter books from, Rowling's new web store. If you go to Amazon, you're pushed back to Pottermore. No other Kindle book is sold in this fashion.

The first three books are selling for $7.99, while the final four are $9.99.

The folks at the Boise Public Library are pretty excited as well. They quickly bought up e-Book copies of the Potter series. Rowling charges libraries $22.95 for each lendable title. That's still a pretty good deal, considering that Random House, the world's largest English-language provider, recently jacked up its prices for libraries as much as 300 percent. As an example, a bestseller that cost the library $27 in January now costs lending institutions $81 per copy.

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