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Subject: Harry Potter books available as ebooks now.
Date Posted: 3/27/2012 10:28 AM ET
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Copying this from the other thread... (thanks Arica C. (Arica))

 

If you are interested Harry Potter books can now be bought in ebook format.  Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have them on sale.

I've checked Amazon and B&N, and Amazon only links to the Pottermore site. If you look at the B&N entries, they don't list a price. I think that's because they only link to the Pottermore site as well.

You have to create an account at the Pottermore site, then order the ebooks. I got the one digital file with all the books for $57.54. IIRC, if you buy indvidually the set would be $63.93. I bought in bulk, but the books show up individually in "My Books" in my account.

THEN, you can send the books to whichever store you have an account at. I sent mine to Amazon where it shows up in my Amazon "Manage Your Kindle" library.

It says you can also do a direct download. I chose to send to Amazon since I'd rather go there to find them again than go back to Pottermore. (I imagine this will be my only visit there.)

Added: Apparently you have 8 personal downloads from the Pottermore store. And even when you buy in bulk you have to send each book to your chosen site individually.



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Date Posted: 3/27/2012 12:52 PM ET
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I took a quick peek.  It looks like Barnes and Noble has the same set up.  Same price of $57.54 for all the books.

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 10:18 AM ET
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Books on the Knob has a very good explanation of the HP e-book set up:

http://blog.booksontheknob.org/

-RD

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 4:18 PM ET
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I'm tempted! I've only listened to the books on audio so this will be good when I just want to dip in.

Date Posted: 4/4/2012 5:09 PM ET
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Are there any extras added to each book? I remember hearing rumors a while back that JK Rowling was going to add extra content of some kind, to make the books slightly different/more than the hardcovers. I guess making them worth the wait.

Date Posted: 4/4/2012 5:23 PM ET
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Are there any extras added to each book? I remember hearing rumors a while back that JK Rowling was going to add extra content of some kind, to make the books slightly different/more than the hardcovers. I guess making them worth the wait.

I haven't re-read them yet, so can't say for sure on mine, but I don't think so. I have heard that the UK versions are a bit different, but you can't get the UK ebook verisons in the states.

There may be extra stuff at the Pottermore web site. Haven't checked.

Date Posted: 4/4/2012 6:50 PM ET
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"There may be extra stuff at the Pottermore web site. Haven't checked."


Okay, I decided to do a Google search on what Pottermore has to say about it. I found a news article that says, "E-book buyers will be able to enjoy the associated additional content and social and gaming elements on the platform." So it sounds like there is nothing new or different in the books themselves, but that if you buy the eBooks it will give access to stuff, probably at the Pottermore website later.

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 5:08 AM ET
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i got the series checked out of the local library, and the only extra content i saw in the ebooks themselves (or at least in the first three, so far) is an excerpt of the beginning of the next book.  and weirdly enough not just the first chapter, but the whole beginning - cover, copyright, index, etc, and the first chapter.

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 3:43 PM ET
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Hmm, maybe the publishers added the cover, copyright, index, etc., to pad the pages and make it seem like there is more given away.