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Old 06-23-2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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Harry Potter eBooks to be officially sold

Yes it looks like pigs are flying today. JK Rowling in association with her publisher and Overdrive have announced that they will be selling ebook versions of the Harry Potter series.

This seems to be a direct reversal of Rowling's previous statements about how an ebook isn't a "real" book and she wanted people to experience her books in paper.

Well, this quote from Rowling seems to totally contravene that statement:

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It is my view that you can’t hold back progress. I love printed paper . . . This year for the first time I have downloaded e-books and it’s miraculous . . . I feel good about bringing it into this world.
The ebooks will be sold exclusively on the new "Pottermore" web site and be available in formats for various readers including Kindle. I expect that Overdrive's work with Amazon on library books is what will allow them to provide DRMed content for Kindles.

The ebooks are said to be available starting in October 2011.

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http://www.teleread.com/paul-biba/ha...-by-overdrive/

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Old 06-23-2011, 02:30 PM   #2
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Harry Potter series to be sold as e-book
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13889578
23 June 2011

"The seven Harry Potter novels are to be sold as e-books for the first time in October."

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Okay... that's good news. But the cynic in me is wondering what will be the price point of these books. No matter what it is, the faithful will buy them up.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:39 PM   #5
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This site on the BBC article interested me:

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"I do have closure with Harry. I'm pretty sure I'm done on the novel front, but it was fun while it lasted," she said.
Really, does that mean you made your money so you are done writing?

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Old 06-23-2011, 02:53 PM   #6
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Hmm... teleread has another article on this that claims the ebooks will be DRM free.

http://www.teleread.com/drm/j-k-rowl...ooks-drm-free/

an interesting twist to the story.

I wasn't planning to buy them, but if the above is true and they come with the bonus material and the price is right I might reconsider.

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Old 06-23-2011, 03:02 PM   #7
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Wow! I can't wait to get them. I hope they are all released at the same time! I can't wait to see the bonus material...
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:04 PM   #8
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Wow! I can't wait to get them. I hope they are all released at the same time! I can't wait to see the bonus material...
I don't think there was any mention of the ebook versions having bonus material. As far as I'm aware, the bonus material will be on the Pottermore website and not the ebooks.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:08 PM   #9
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I don't think there was any mention of the ebook versions having bonus material. As far as I'm aware, the bonus material will be on the Pottermore website and not the ebooks.
Yep... true 'dat. Looks like it will be available free to all.

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Old 06-23-2011, 03:14 PM   #10
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Okay... that's good news. But the cynic in me is wondering what will be the price point of these books. No matter what it is, the faithful will buy them up.
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So this is why there was no Rapture on May 21st as forecasted by Harold Camping. Giving folks time to partake in this long awaited bliss. I hope they're released prior to the end of the world on October 21st.
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Hmm... teleread has another article on this that claims the ebooks will be DRM free.

http://www.google.com/reader/view/fe...blog%2Ffeed%2F

an interesting twist to the story.

I wasn't planning to buy them, but if the above is true and they come with the bonus material and the price is right I might reconsider.

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Can we please have a link that doesn't go to silverlight articles please?
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Can we please have a link that doesn't go to silverlight articles please?
Sorry, wrong link in my clipboard. Fixed above.

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