All seven Harry Potter books can now be purchased for the Kindle

All seven Harry Potter books can now be purchased for the Kindle

They’re here!

Well, they are there…on Pottermore, but you can order them through the Kindle store.

Here are the seven books:

and here is the “landing page” that gets you started:

Harry Potter on Kindle
The first three books are $7.99 each, the second four are $9.99 each.

No omnibus at this point. UPDATE: thanks to readerย Katie McQuage for pointing out that there is an omnibus available at Pottermore for $57.54…that’s about a 10% discount. I’m not quite sure that it works the same way since I’m not seeing that at the Kindle store…it may, and at Pottermore it does say the omnibus is available in Kindle format. Thanks, Katie!

You will have the typical abilities that you have with other Kindle books.

No samples are available. UPDATE: You can download a sample to your computer from the Pottermore site. I did that, and it came as an EPUB.

Text-to-speech access is not blocked.

Here is the Amazon help page on it: Harry Potter on Kindle help page

The process is more complicated than just buying a book from the Kindle store: you need to set up a Pottermore account. I’m going to do this later, and I’ll update this post. I wanted to let you know about the ability to buy them right away, though…I know a lot of you have felt like it was “Harry Potter and the Endless Wait”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m really excited about this! It makes the books so much more available to people with certain challenges. I had a relative who had one of the books torn into pieces (despite the cringeworthiness of that) because it was just too heavy to hold, due to physical conditions.

UPDATE: The process for Pottermore

1. Go to one of the books above and click the “Buy at Pottermore” button

2. The Welcome to the Pottermore shop screen appears. You may need want to click a redirect link at the bottom of the screen, or just give it a few seconds.

3. If you’d rather have the original British version rather than the American version, switch the book language in the dropdown to English (GB) (for Great Britain)

4. Click the blue Add to Basket button. If you are quick, you may be able to click a Go to Basket link. Otherwise, click the Basket button in your top right corner of the screen (that’s like your Cart at Amazon)

5. Click Proceed to Checkout

6. You’ll now either create a Pottermore store account, or sign into your existing one (if necessary). You’ll be asked for

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • E-mail
  • Password (at least six characters with both letters and numbers)
  • A security question choice
  • The answer for the security question
  • Your country of residence
  • Your preferred language (they only currently give you US or GB English)
  • Whether or not you want to get promo offers

You’ll need to type enCaptcha words that you see. ย You’ll also need to agree to the Terms & Conditions and the Privacy Policy.

I’ll say that it was pretty irritating that it rejected my password because it thought it was weak, and I had to do a different choice.

The next screen asked you for payment information. It let you use Mastercard, Visa, or Maestro.

The third screen is order confirmation.

Then, click a link that says, “Proceed to download”.

You’ll then select the book you purchased.

You can then choose:

  • Sony
  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble (for the nook)
  • Direct download (it says that’s for Apple iBooks, Adobe, Kobo, and many others)

I chose Amazon.

It then asked me if I wanted to link to my account. I said yes. It also told me that I could remove this account later.

When I clicked on it, I was asked to log into my Amazon account. I did.

It returned me to Pottermore, where it told me I was successful. Pottermore asked me to name the account.

Then, there was a link to send to my account. I did.

There was a link to Go to Amazon. I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

It took me to the Manage Your Kindle page.

From there, I could click

Actions…

and choose to send it to any of the devices (Kindles or reader apps) on my account).

This decremented my eight personal downloads by one. Note that the one allows me (apparently) to send it to each of the Kindles/devices on my account. My guess is that it has the normal six simultaneous device limits.

The download to Amazon only counts for one, even though I could use it on several devices.

I sent it from MYK to my Fire, and it looks great there…even has a “drop cap” (a capital letter the size of more than one line, usually bolded, sometimes illustrated), and the original illutrations.

I went to my Touch, and got it from the archives there. It looked good (no drop cap, though). I tested the text-to-speech…no problem.

I checked, and it doesn’t appear to allow me to connect the book to two Amazon accounts, which makes sense.

So, it looks to me like I could pay for it once, and read it on both a Kindle (several Kindles) and a nook…cool!

UPDATE: Here’s the

press release

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in theย I Love My Kindle blog.

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30 Responses to “All seven Harry Potter books can now be purchased for the Kindle”

  1. Katie McQuage Says:

    The Pottermore website does have an option to buy all seven books for $57.54.

  2. karin Says:

    Hi Bufo,

    I just wanted to make everyone aware that when you purchase the books, they go to every device on your account. You don’t have the option to choose.

    • Dave Says:

      Hmm, wonder what happens if you add a new device after buying them.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Dave!

        It should become available to those additional devices as well. My guess is that we are limited to six at a time, like most Kindle store books, although there may not be a limit for simultaneous device licensing on the same account.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, karin!

      In my case (now that I’ve been able to test it), it didn’t download it to every device, it just made it available to every device through the archives (called the “Cloud” on a Kindle Fire). That’s how it should work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Bailey Says:

    I am so happy right now.
    *Runs-er clicks- over to Pottermore to get account*
    Thanks for informing everyone!

  4. Zebras Says:

    I wonder if they will lose sales, as some might find it too much trouble to set up yet another account just for this one group of books.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      Possibly…but being able to gift the book to someone without even knowing what kind of EBR (E-Book Reader) they use will probably make up for that. The ability to market to people who do create the account is also valuable.

      You can’t prevent all losses, just offset them with greater gains. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sara Miles Says:

    I don’t know if it has anything to do with wizardry, but the entire Kindle Store is showing all 1,350,000 books as “unavailable in the United States.” Perhaps today we can only buy HP books!

  6. Tom Semple Says:

    So, not DRM free as early rumors suggested. Too bad.

  7. Arni Vidar Says:

    Hey Bufo.

    Just wanted to let you know that prices and availability are definitely different between countries. For me each of the first three books costs $7.92 and the other four books cost $11.10, with the omnibus going at $61.34.

    The first book is also called The Philosopher’s Stone, as it properly should ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Arni Vidar Says:

      Oh, and by the way, a word of caution/interest. Although Pottermore Shop allows you to connect your Amazon account to your Pottermore Shop account, it is by no means necessary if you’ve ever done an epub->mobi conversion. There are direct-download links for all the books as well, which is good for me because I don’t like my Amazon account connected to other sites.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Arni!

        Did the EPUB have DRM (Digital Rights Management)? Could you have converted it with Calibre?

      • Arni Vidar Says:

        I put them straight into Calibre, and converted them to MOBI, then moved them to my Kindle.

        The resulting MOBI seems to have all formatting intact, and the page numbers and index/TOC work splendidly.

        The book starts with:

        “This book is watermarked and was acquired by user on ”

        There is no other DRM protection on there or anything of the sort to actually stop anyone from copying it… but since it’s watermarked it’s at least very easy to find out where the original copy comes from if it’s leaked, and sue the pants of said person.

        Now I’ll go to bed with my US version on paper and UK version on Kindle and start marking the differences. I’ve been waiting YEARS to start that project ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Arni!

        I really appreciate that field report!

        Have fun with your project. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d enjoy doing that myself… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Tom Semple Says:

        That’s interesting, so they are DRM-free after all. Great!

        The references to Adobe Digital Editions is just for reading .ePub on a computer (for which there are other options). If I’m reading correctly, you get to download 8 (magic?) times from Pottermore, one of which will put it in your Kindle library. So this is good, both ePub and Kindle.

        Now my question is whether the ‘Kindle’ files are available in KF8 or not. I presume that they are.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Tom!

        It came in as a .prc, if that helps. Any other telltale indicators?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Arni!

      Yes, that’s a good point about the prices.

      I would have preferred that it be called The Philosopher’s Stone as well…I presume if I chose the English (GB) version, it would have. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Tom Semple Says:

    Actually they are DRM free, it appears.

  9. Brian Hartman Says:

    Anyone have any fears about leaving identity and cc info on a new, and as such, “untested” website? I’m sure they’ve done their job, but I know web security folks and it’s impossible to tell until you’re live. Even Microsoft finds that out the hard way. Nothing says “hack me” like going live with tons of publicity. I’m not usually paranoid, but after two years of refusing, I let my son open a Sony Playstation Account a week and a half before the big heist of users info and there is absolutely no way I will link my Ammy account to anyone, period.

    Not to be overly cautious, but does Pottermore really have all the security in place Amazon does?

    It’s too bad that the books are only available on one, personally-owned website. For now, I’ll treat it like I do all new, personally-owned websites and I’ll wait for the fallout, feedback, or corrections before I sign my name and cc to the list. (Not that waiting helped me with the PS, though, sigh.)

    • Brian Hartman Says:

      Curious, also–if Amazon lists it (not just lists it but blasts it on the home page–that means something, I think) and directs you to it, is Amazon’s buyer protection implicit in the transaction?

  10. Beth Jesch Says:

    Pottermore won’t let me order the GB version. It says it isn’t allowed for my country. I hadn’t signed up so it must have used my IP to determine my home country.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Beth!

      If you don’t mind sharing, what country is that?

      • Arni Vidar Says:

        Yes, it seems to be geotarding at work. I tried signing myself up as living in the US, but I was still not allowed to download the US books. Guess I’ll have to wait to buy them until the next time I go to the States ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Beth Jesch Says:

        I’m in the US.

      • Beth Jesch Says:

        Arnie, there might be a work around. People have had success buying the set they want as a gift (and saying the giftee lives in that region) and then using the gift code to get the books.

      • Arni Vidar Says:

        Ooooh, that’s cool. Thanks Beth ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Cecilia Says:

    Does anyone know if it goes into you Amazon archives when you purchase it? I don’t want to loose it, if my Kindle crashes…

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Cecilia!

      Yes, the Harry Potter books you buy from Pottermore go into your Kindle archives (called the “Cloud” on a Kindle Fire), so if you forget and jump in the pool with the Kindle, you’ll still have access to them on a replacement device. ๐Ÿ™‚

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