J.K. Rowling has been making news headlines this week with her website’s new online store at Pottermore.com, the only home of Harry Potter eBooks. That means the eBooks and digital audio books by Rowling are now available – including in South Africa – from the website. The books are downloadable to all leading eReaders, tablets, smartphones and MP3 Players. The first three eBooks in the series are currently selling for £4.99 while the other four are selling for £6.99 each. That works out to about R65 and R90 respectively.
The digital book files, against industry standards, do not have DRM anti-piracy encryption; nor are they locked down to a specific device. Depending on the chosen file type, the eBooks, once downloaded, can be moved between devices and can be read anywhere conveniently. Rowling is the only author thus far to have dictated her terms to the book retail industry. As this article on Idealog suggests, JK Rowling is the literary equivalent of The Beatles.
Pottermore, Rowling’s online bookstore, could prove to be a model for authors and publishers to sell their product directly to consumers. While the digital versions of Harry Potter appear on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, they can only be bought from Pottermore, allowing Rowling to keep most of the revenue rather than working through publishers.
Like other retailers, Exclus1ves.co.za can’t sell you Harry Potter eBooks directly, but we can sell you the complete set of hard-copy books! See below for our Harry Potter selection.