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The magical Harry Potter series now available as eBooks you can read on your PlayBook!

Harry Potter eBooks
By Michelle Haag on 27 Mar 2012 06:37 pm EDT
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If you love Harry Potter and all things Hogwarts, you're going to be really happy to learn that the books are now available in eBook format. No more lugging those heavy books around when you need your wizardry fix; fire up your favorite eReader app and read to your heart's content. Sounds great, and it is, however there are a few catches.

First, the Harry Potter series eBooks are only available through The Pottermore Shop, so you'll have to buy them there and then send them to your eReader. Not a huge deal, as they've covered their bases with the formats and pretty much anything you need is available. The second catch however is a bit more annoying as a BlackBerry PlayBook owner, and I'm just going to come out and say it. The Kobo app for BlackBerry and the BlackBerry PlayBook is pretty crippled, and as such you won't be able to read the Harry Potter books you purchase in the Kobo app.  Fortunately, there are alternatives to Kobo on the PlayBook, such as Book Reader (available for $.99 in App World) or side-loading the Kindle app. I had no trouble at all importing the .epub file into Book Reader and in seconds was reading away.

The 7 books can be purchased individually for $7.99-9.99, or as a set for $57.54. It looks like the website is only allowing purchases in the US and UK at this time, which will hopefully be expanded in the future. Each book you purchase can be downloaded 8 times from the site, so all of your devices can feel some Harry Potter love.

Michelle Haag Michelle Haag "@_Miche11e_ and C0001B3B5" 1197 (articles) 1684 (forum posts)

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The magical Harry Potter series now available as eBooks you can read on your PlayBook!

7 Comments

First! and this is exciting!

I went to the site and its $61.65, and reason why it changed? I figured it out! Even though I chose US , and gave my US address, using a US CC its reading my IP address and sayin No deal. CRAZY!!

"...The Kobo app for BlackBerry and the BlackBerry PlayBook is pretty crippled,..."

You can say that again! I cannot believe that side-loading is not supported and I refuse to buy a single Kobo book until they fix this.

Kobo really is terrible. BTW why is is the book in the picture called Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone in the US when the original JK/UK release is Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone?

Basically, It had with the high likelihood that American readers wouldn't want to read a book with "philosopher" in the title so they put it as sorcerer to make it easier. JK Rowling regretted agreeing to it afterwards.

There is an Android app that you have to sideload, 10,000+ Free eBook Reader, that has them all available as a set, for FREE! I have them on my PB, bunch of other ones, too, including the Hunger Games set. Worth checking out.