The Hunger Games
may have had a heck of an opening weekend, but let's not forget who the top box office spot belongs to: a certain bespectacled boy wizard. Roughly a decade and half after the publication of the first book in the series -- and after several months of promises
-- the ultra-popular series has finally made its way onto e-readers like the Kindle and Nook. A couple of days after announcing the rather pricey Wizard's Collection
, J.K. Rowling's books have hit the Pottermore site, priced at $8 to $10. The books are currently available in English, with French, German, Italian and Spanish versions coming soon. "Enhanced" versions are on their way as well. Check our some relevant press info after the break.
Harry Potter eBooks Available for the First Time on NOOK® by Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the highly-anticipated eBook editions of J.K. Rowling's bestselling Harry Potter stories are now available to buy for the first time ever at the Pottermore Shop through BN.com and NOOK starting today. All seven titles in the Harry Potter series, plus a complete set, can be instantly downloaded to Barnes & Noble's full portfolio of NOOK devices including the award-winning NOOK Tablet™, NOOK Color™ and NOOK Simple Touch™, as well as to the free NOOK Reading Apps™. NOOK customers can purchase the Harry Potter eBooks at the Pottermore Shop by visiting nook.com/harrypotter.
"We are thrilled to bring the wonderful world of Harry Potter to our NOOK customers"
Pottermore is a unique and free-to-use online experience, built around the Harry Potter books, created for a new digital generation of readers who can explore, share and participate in the stories, showcase their creativity and discover new information about the world of Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling herself.
"We are thrilled to bring the wonderful world of Harry Potter to our NOOK customers," said Jim Hilt, Vice President of eBooks for Barnes & Noble. "By offering the NOOK editions of this popular series, long-time fans and first-time readers can experience the magic of Harry Potter in a new, exciting way and read what they love, anywhere they like on NOOK."
In the coming weeks and months, Barnes & Noble will continue to bring the excitement of Harry Potter and Pottermore to fans young and old as even more books are added, more content from J.K. Rowling is featured and more activities come online.
Barnes & Noble invites customers to experience the series again or discover it for the first time as part of its free exclusive Read In Store™ program. When customers visit any of Barnes & Noble's nearly 700 stores with their NOOK, they can connect to free and fast Wi-Fi® and browse complete Harry Potter eBooks for free through the innovative Read In Store program available only at Barnes & Noble. While in stores, fans can also pick up DVDs of all eight Harry Potter books, as well as toys, games and gifts.
Barnes & Noble offers always free in-store NOOK support for customers to set up and learn how to use their new device face-to-face with friendly neighborhood NOOKsellers. Experience NOOK at any Barnes & Noble bookstore or at www.nook.com.
Harry Potter Books Now Available to Read on All Kindle Devices and Kindle Apps
J.K. Rowling's fans have been waiting for her extraordinary series to be available as Kindle books and today, Amazon.com, Inc. announced that the English-language versions of all seven best-selling and iconic Harry Potter books are now available worldwide to read on all Kindle devices and any of the free Kindle apps, through a distribution agreement with J.K. Rowling's new website and eBook shop Pottermore. Foreign-language versions of the books will be available for customers through Kindle Stores worldwide in the coming weeks. To start shopping for books in the Harry Potter series, customers can visit the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore or www.amazon.com/pottermore).
Customers will find it easy to search and find books in the Harry Potter series in the Kindle Store. They can visit the detail pages for the books and will be directed to the Pottermore Shop where they will have the option to purchase the titles and seamlessly push them to their Kindle Library, and to every Kindle device and Kindle app a customer has.
"For years our customers have loved reading Harry Potter books in print, and have made them the best-selling print book series on Amazon.com," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "We're excited that Harry Potter fans worldwide are now able to read J.K. Rowling's fantastic books on their Kindles and free Kindle reading apps."
As with all Kindle books, the Harry Potter series is "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" – customers can read the books on the largest number of devices and platforms, including any Kindle and on iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, PCs, Macs, Android devices, BlackBerrys, Windows Phones, or in web browsers with Kindle Cloud Reader.