Harry Potter E-Books Finally Available

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    The Harry Potter books have been made available as e-books for the first time, nearly 5 years after the release of the final book in the series. The books are available directly from author J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website. The complete collection costs $57.54 in the US.

    The books are purchased once from the Pottermore site and can be read via Amazon's Kindle service or downloaded in ePub format for reading on wide variety of products including the iBooks app on iPad.

    Article Link: Harry Potter E-Books Finally Available
  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2004
    Though it may initially appear that US credit card holders cannot purchase the UK versions, they can by "gifting" the books to another email address that they declare resides in the UK, with no verification as to the recipient's residence.
  3. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
  4. macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2010
    Ozone Park, New York
    Wirelessly posted

    Who reads Hairy Potter when you have the movies!? *chuckle*
  5. elmo151, Mar 27, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012


    Jul 3, 2007
    thanks for the reference. I've been waiting for the day

    downloaded the 7 pack and set up a "collection" in iBooks
  6. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Would there be any reason to get the UK version instead of US? :confused:
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    One of the greatest book franchises ever. Glad to know I can put this on my iPad and take a trip back to my childhood without having to carry those huge books.
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2004
    The UK audiobooks are read by Stephen Fry, the US ones by Jim Dale. Different people prefer different versions.

    The US e-books use more of an "Americanized" vernacular. Again, more of a preference than than anything else.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    These have been out on the web in multiple formats for a longtime. You just gotta know where to look ;)
  10. macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2006
    And now that the books are officially available at a reasonable price with no DRM, there's no reason to look for those right?
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2007
    Indiana, US
    Because most of the movies are pretty terrible?
  12. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    The books go into more detail and take time telling the tale. If I hadn't brought every book already, I would be buying this.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    Does anyone know if you can download both a Kindle edition and an epub version?
    The website says you can download the book on up to 8 devices, but what if one of your devices is a Kindle and the other is a Kobo or something?
    I'm considering buying these, but I haven't decided what reading platform to commit to yet. Obviously epub is the most open, but if I decide to go Kindle in the end, can I switch?
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2011
    Wirelessly posted

    J.k see me rowling.
    They hating
  15. Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    spelling and dictionary differences [trunk vs boot,...]
  16. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
    I was thinking the same thing. I know people who have had electronic versions of these books for years. The author really screwed up waiting this long.
  17. macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    Use Calibre and convert them to any format you want. There isn't any DRM on the files.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2007
    If I download the pubs from Pottermore, how do I import them into my iTunes and then my iPad so I can do what you did ?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2012
    upload to iCloud?

    hey everyone! Just got the new iPad and while I didn't feel the need for it, it was a bday present so I'm not complaining :) Anyway, how can I upload all 7 books I just bought up to iCloud so they sync across all my devices?

  20. macrumors 68030


    Sep 8, 2003
    The problem is that a PDF with janky formatting and lots of typos from the OCR can get in the way for a lot of people. The PDF ones are painful to read on an actual e-Ink device because of this.

    Considering it'd take a few hours to fix the typos overall, I'd rather just spend the bucks on the epub. It's actually "cheaper", if I consider my free time worth US minimum wage.

    I agree though, that the author really shouldn't have waited this long. A lot of people who would have bought the epub aren't willing to buy now. She could have ridden the wave of the last movie release which could have helped a bit. I would have easily bought these a year ago. Now? I'm not so sure, I'm looking for the next set of books to read rather than going back to re-read it.


    Just drag them into your iTunes library. Then sync books to your iPad.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2012
    Sorry. Just answered my own question. I just put it into a collection and it synced.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    Woo hoo!

    Woo Hoo! I am excited to see the Harry Potter books in the digital format. I'm not sure how I did it, but I've never read any of the books or seen any of the movies, so I'm looking forward to being able to conveniently have the books on my iPad and reading the stories that have been raved about by so many people.

    Since I have to download it from the Pottermore website and then upload it, is there any difference between the Kindle version, the Nook version, and the iBooks version?
  23. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    I just bought the collection - both because I love the books and because for me, this is e-books done right - a reasonable price (average £5.52 a book), no stupid DRM, so I wanted to support that, despite already owning 2 copies of the dead tree versions.

    Now my iPad truly is a 'magical' device. Well, kind of... :p
  24. macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2012
    Perhaps your post would be better suited for a thread about the audiobooks. This article is about e-books.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
    collection 1 ebook or 7?


    For those who bought the collection, does it come as 7 individual ebooks or 1 big ebook? Thanks.

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