In news that’s nearly as exciting as playing Quidditch for the first time, Amazon.com recently announced that all seven of the Harry Potter series are available in the Kindle lending library.
The Interviewing Experts staff explains why this news is so welcome to fans of J.K. Rowling’s #1 bestseller series.
Last month the online retail mega store first obliquely hinted that the Harry Potter series might be hitting its virtual shelves, but with this announcement Potter fans can expect to find the series by the end of June. And those who have the Amazon Prime Membership can access the books as soon as they are available. The library now counts the adventures of the boy-wizard among its 145,000 books and not just in English – it’s in French, Italian, German and Spanish as well.
With its exclusive license from J.K. Rowling’s official Pottermore website, Amazon and Pottermore are the only two sites that legally offer the e-books. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed to the media.
The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is a service that Amazon.com offers their Prime Membership customers for $79.99 and members can “check out” books as often as once a month.
Consumers who don’t have the Prime membership subscription can purchase Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban online for $7.99 each. Other books in the series are $9.99 each, and the whole series can be purchased as a collection for $57.54.
The Harry Potter series sold 450 million copies worldwide, and the books have been translated into 70 languages. For the nearly 20% of technology-savvy people that have some sort of an e-reader, having the tales of Harry and his friends available in this new format can only be good news.