TechCrunch reports that Amazon’s Kindle eReader won’t be left out in the cold when the very popular “Harry Potter” series hit the digital stage.
Pottermore is the website that will handle all the digital distribution of the books, but the Kindle isn’t the only platform for the series. Yesterday, Google announced that it would also offer the series on its Google Books through Pottermore.
Some industry analysts thought that the Kindle might be passed over as a medium for the digital Harry Potter books, but that’s not going to happen.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has made her intentions very clear from the beginning. She wanted the books available on many different platforms.
However, the catch is that the digital versions will only be available through the Pottermore website. Customers will have to select the book they want off that site and then choose which platform they want the book delivered to.
Google also said that their company has been selected as a “preferred third party payment platform for purchases made on pottermore.com.” For shoppers, this will mean that you can use a credit card at the Google Checkout.
There’s a lot more to Pottermore than just Harry Potter eBooks, though. When it becomes available in October of this year, fans will be able to participate in virtual events, such as touring virtual replicas of Diagon Alley.
They can interact with one another, mix up potions, and even cast the occasional spell. They can also spend some time in the boarding school, Hogwarts, as well as try to help their team win the House Cup.
Amazon announced a short while back that they now sell more eBooks than they do printed books. There are rumors that Amazon will introduce a tablet PC and two new e-Readers this fall.