Harry Potter Books to Be Available on Kindle and iPad

by Monica Samuel on April 6, 2011

Harry Potter books will be coming to the muggle world in digital format very soon. JK Rowling – the author who has become a multi-millionaire from the sales of the seven Harry Potter series and the films based on the books is now considering their electronic distribution on Kindle and iPad.

JK Rowling with an estimated £620m fortune had earlier rejected the electronic media for fears of piracy. However with eReaders becoming more mainstream, she probably has reason to think otherwise. Ms Rowling’s spokeswoman confirmed, “The e-book format is now something that is being actively considered.”

Liz Thomson, editor of book industry website BookBrunch, said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if the rights for the e-books are sold for £100m.” Phew!

 

Experts believe that this move could revolutionize the world of electronic publishing, triggering rocket sales of e-book readers such as Kindle and the iPad.

Well, as to that, one can’t be sure. Admitted that the Harry Potter books became bulkier with every series and they’re hardly easy to carry around but Harry Potter lovers have already paid a good price for them and may not necessarily purchase them again just to read them on their Kindle. “Revolutionizing” I would say is an overstatement. The series is not new. It’s still exciting yes. But it’s doubtful this move will lead to a repeat of record-breaking sales.

Professor Claire Squires, director of Stirling University’s centre for international publishing and communication, said

It is akin to the Beatles allowing their music to be launched on iTunes.

Maybe so. Harry Potter is pretty much part of legend today.

If you are a collector or you haven’t already got the Harry Potter series, this is a great offer. And if you’re neither but still want the magic-filled books on your Kindle, way to go. All those exciting and heavy paperbacks in your nifty little Kindle or iPad … that’s just awesome.

[via The Scotsman]

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alexandra jane mcmillan April 7, 2011 at 4:58 am

i have just bought my kindle and was very dissapointed to find out that the harry potter books were not available for download. i have the entire set in hard back but they are very bulky. i have read more times than i can remember but i still love them! please please make them available for kindle!
and keep up the good work!
thanks,,
x

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julie April 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I love the HP books and I’ve read all of them several times. I cannot wait to buy them for my Kindle so I can take them with me on holiday etc. I’d be astonished if every HP fan with a Kindle didn’t download them immediately they become available – I don’t know if they will actually encourage people to buy one, perhaps they will, but I’ve no doubt they will be the biggest ebook seller yet buy some distance

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Emily April 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

I purchased my Kindle specifically so I could take my HP series with me. VERY disappointed to find out they aren’t available. I will purchase them immediately when they DO become available.

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Ashley April 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I love these books, but hate carrying them around in book form now that I’ve got my light weight kindle. I’m with everyone else, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for ebooks soon. I’ve purchased all of the hard covers and will gladly pay for all of the books again on amazon for my kindle. Truthfully I think this decision not to has thus far resulted in far more piracy of her work than if they were available to buy.

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Sandy May 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Waiting desperatly for the Harry Potter books Williams be acallamos as Ebooks.

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Stacie June 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The HP books were the first ones I tried to look up when I bought my kindle. And I was very disapointed to find they werent downloadable!! I don’t completely agree with part of the article above, I think the sales for the kindle hp books will be through the roof!!! I know I’ll have all of them even though I already have them in hardback!!! I have quite a few books that are my favorites that I couldn’t wait to download on to my kindle!! So looking forward to the day I can have my Harry Potter on my kindle as well!!!!!

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Julie June 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I have every HP book and have read every book except the last one. I was very disappointed to find out it is not available for my lightweight Kindle. The book sits on my shelf, but is too heavy and bulky for me to carry and take around with me to read. I am keeping my fingers crossed along with others in hopes that the HP books will be available as Ebooks!

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Alysea July 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

I am very disappointed that the Harry Potter Books are not on Kindle. I have all of them in hardback, but as many have already said, they aren’t exactly easy to carry around. I was just about to rebuy each one on paperback, but then I got the Kindle as a gift from my father (who I might mention is more than a bit annoyed that HP isn’t on Kindle because he wanted to buy them as well) and I thought I’d just get them on Kindle instead. To my dismay, they were no where to be found. There is a multitude of guides and parodies, but not the real thing. I’m waiting to purchase them again until they are on Kindle.

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Christina July 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I will most definetly buy the e-books. I purchase all the hardcovers for collecting my favorite books and authors, but I love to always have a book handy so then I purchase them again on my kindle. PLEASE bring in the Harry Potter series I want to read them again now that I have read them all and seen all the movies its time for a re-read.

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Freda July 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Very disappointing not to be able to read the books on iPad even though I have the entire set in hardback already!

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Alison July 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

my 9 year old son, is bright but not a keen reader, has struggled to read books such as Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” which took him a dissapointing 8 months to complete. He loves technology, and we bought him a kindle for his birthday in the hope that he could combine reading and IT. It was amazing, he is now managing to read a book about every two weeks on the Kindle. I am sure that lots of parents are in a similar situation, and feel that it’s much better that they read something, than nothing, and Harry Potter would be ideal for him, but the size of the later books is daunting. Please JK, let us have Harry electronically.

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Dan July 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

I’ve just bought my wife a Kindle for her birthday, and she’s going to be most upset that Harry Potter is not available. Please bring them out or my life will be hell!

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Jerry July 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I have bought the entire series in both hardback and paperback. And if it comes out for the Kindle, I will buy them all again.

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