Harry Potter Books Series on Kindle

Why can’t we get the Harry Potter books series on in Kindle Ebooks or on a Nook 2? Let me start off this post talking just a bit about the Amazon Kindle.  I love my Kindle.  I have the 6″, 2nd generation version that is perfect for me (I think the 9″ DX is too big).  You can see my full Kindle review in this video. (click link to see video).

Amazon Kindle Review

It’s a fantastic device that allows me to take up to 1,500 books with me (although, I only have about 80 on mine).  I literally used to take 8-10 books with me on trips for reading.  Now, just the Kindle.  I highly recommend it, if you’re a reader. UPDATE: Amazon just lowered the Kindle price to $114!  This is a great deal on this product that originally cost close to $400.

Harry Potter Books Series Kindle Ebooks

Now to the Harry Potter part of this post.  The Harry Potter books are not available in Kindle ebooks format!!!  They’re not in Nook 2 format (the Barnes & Noble ebook reader), not in .mobi format (a universal format that both the Kindle and Nook can utilize), not in any mobile format that my Kindle can read!  I don’t get it!  Can some one please explain to me why JK Rowling and Scholastic won’t put the Harry Potter books in Kindle ebooks format?

Harry Potter Books on Amazon Kindle

I don’t want to lug around 7 books, but I would absolutely buy all seven (again!) for the Kindle!  I’ll even pay the same price as the current 7-book set ($122.95), even though it’s much higher than the average $9.99 per book Kindle pricing.

I’ve read that JK Rowling doesn’t feel that electronic books do not provide the experience that a reader needs for a book.  Huh?  Then what do you call 7 movies?  Those clearly aren’t the classic book experience!  Honestly, this is the only explanation I’ve heard.

I know from my experiences with the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter that Ms. Rowling is quite demanding and controlling.  Nothing wrong with making sure that your product and intellectual property is well represented.  I can surely appreciate that.  However, we’re talking about taking a .pdf copy of your Harry Potter books and uploading them to Amazon.  That’s all there is to it!  I know, I’ve published Kindle content, before.  Amazon will even help with the “Kindle” formatting for indexing and so on.  Therefore, I can’t imagine it’s a “too much work” issue.

I cannot figure out why we can’t get the Harry Potter books on Kindle or Nook 2!  Can someone please help me out on this one?  I can’t be the only person dying for this item.  Get me JK Rowling on the horn!  Let’s hash this out! :)


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  • http://twitter.com/GamesOnTheBrain Games on the Brain

    Because Amazon only gives 35% of the list price to the publisher? (Apple gives 70% for iBooks.)

  • http://www.therealtimjones.com Tim_Jones

    This could be a reasonable explanation, since it appears that none of Scholastic’s books are available in Kindle format. Seems silly, though, since almost every other publisher has managed to come to an agreement with Amazon to provide Kindle content.

  • http://www.therealtimjones.com Tim_Jones

    This could be a reasonable explanation, since it appears that none of Scholastic's books are available in Kindle format. Seems silly, though, since almost every other publisher has managed to come to an agreement with Amazon to provide Kindle content.

  • http://skforussia.ru Evgeniy

    Very interesting, inspirational and impressive!

  • Misswildflower1

    I agree with you 100%. I bought the 1st gen Kindle and am still in love with it. I paid $400 for it! I am more than willing to pay whatever price Rowling puts on the set to have them in Kindle format! I think it is simply insane not to put them in Kindle format. Millions of eReaders have been sold this year alone, not to mention the early adapters like myself. I am sure we are only two of the BILLIONS that would re-buy these books to have them on Kindle, even though I have all seven in hardback and paperback!

  • Anonymous

    Rowling knows that after next winter, when the last movie makes it’s way to a Red Box near you, the only Harry Potter publicity there will be is for the lucky few who visit her theme park. She’s said no more Harry Potter books, so in a year or two she’ll do the math and tell Scholastic to cash in on the Potter Popularity before it fades away with the nostalgic ghosts of pop-culture past.

    I’m sure they’ll make a big deal about it like when the Beatles made it on iTunes. People just go crazy over things there weren’t allowed to do. She knows what she’s doing – letting that leaky cauldron simmer in preparation for setting new eBook sales records.

    eReaders are so new and fragmented right now. Apple want’s 30% off the top of all in-app purchases and Amazon/B&N want a similar cut for their part too – not to mention what Scholatic’s take is. It’s best to wait for the dust to settle, and who knows, by then Scholastic could have users buy direct from their own website and retain all the profits for themselves. It wouldn’t cost much to make their own free eReader app for the iPad and future Android-Tablets. A custom app is essential to allow them to keep DRM tabs on their IP while cutting out all the middle men – not to mention it’d put pressure on Amazon to make them a better offer as that’s money they won’t be making. At least, that’s what I’d do.

  • smithy

    Ms Rowling is clearly an idiot. The fact that she is SO behind the times and such a muggle when it comes to eBooks is killing me. eBooks are magic and her attitude is so she-who-must-not-be-named. I can’t stand luddites.

  • Burbank53

    Its about this time (shortly after Christmas) that the world of new Kindle owners discovers the HP books are not available on their new Kindle or any other format. I am disappointed with Rowling and Scholastic. Time to move on – without HP. I was going to the last HP movie, but I’ll wait for the DVD. I was going to buy a set of books and a set of DVDs, but I’ll wait – until the HP books are on Kindle!

  • Allie

    I just set up my new Kindle and was all geared up to purchase the Harry Potter books so I could re-read them (again) on this fabulous device. I cannot believe HP books are not available! I am so upset. However, this clever post and comments really made me smile. Smithy, you’re hilarious for calling Rowling a muggle. I hope this changes soon. I really want to continue my HP reading on my Kindle!!

  • Khava

    I’m on vacation and can only get books from a small library/bookstore that has very little to choose from. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to finally read HP, which I never read before. I borrowed the 1st from the library, finished it in 2 days… but they don’t have the second. I borrowed the 3rd, thinking I’d buy the second as an e-book, and just now found out it’s not possible. BOOH TO YOU ROWLING! Wow, how annoying. Why would they refuse money, as I was perfectly willing to BUY the ebook?

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  • Kevinbarton

    Much as I admire JK Rowling’s achievement in producing such a fine series of books, not to mention what she has done for reading in general – I find it hard to believe she would be so stubborn on this one. There has to be more to it – surely? E Readers are here to stay and authors not so successful as Ms Rowling will be eager to distribute their work on whatever format they can. I for one will be (will have to be) willing to have my books published this way. Why wouldn’t you?

  • Chris Merling

    hi my name is chris i’m 31 years old and loved the way you used the word muggle in terms of the fact that we can’ buy these books on the kindle

  • http://www.guide2disney.com/blog Tim_Jones

    I really think it’s tied more to her publisher. Publishers have a lot more influence on whether a book goes to Kindle format than the author’s. Scholastic (Rowling’s publisher) doesn’t have any books on Kindle (that I can find).

  • Anon

    Just finished reading all seven HP books on my Kindle. Downloaded them in MOBI format, copied to the Kindle in USB Drive Mode. I own them all on paper, so to hell with legal issues surrounding downloading. If you want to read them on your Kindle, they’re out there.

  • Moocow

    Selling books is a business. Naturally J K or he publishers will want to release them digital when they feel it is the right time to do so and when they feel the DRM and the digital book format has calmed down somewhat. I don’t see anything wrong with that – she isn’t in the business of giving books away – why should she? She or the publisher may just not like the idea of people reading it on an e-reader instead of in print.

    Also, popular books will be hacked – DRM isn’t infallible and as soon as the books appear digitally they will be copied as has happened with audio book versions.

    I imagine also that HP has been such a literary and film success that it will have a greater blot in history than much bigger titles that have not had the ‘benefit’ of all the HP hype, so I wouldn’t pack it off to pop-culture just yet…

    Give it 20 or 30 years or so and they’ll be making the films again and I suspect it may be made into a TV series – with the right amount of production quality and cash.

  • Jan

    I’m dying to read Harry Potters books … but I’m not going to buy the hardcopies .. NO WAY!!! Instead I could full price for full version … publishers should start thinking about that new e-readers public!!!. SAVE A TREE

  • Danielaptn9

    Wait could you possibly explain exactly what you did? Im having some trouble.

  • MadKatBen

     i love the series. i would buy it on the kindle again and I’ve already have all 7 books 1 set in paper back and 1 set hard cover but i have bad eye site and i cant read them as often as i would like to. with the kindle when my eyes get tired i have it read to me and i still get to enjoy it i also own all the movies and see the movies in theater. i really think that making it into an ebook will expand your already large fan base! already have all 7 books 1 set in paper back and 1 set hard cover but i have bad eye site and i cant read them as often as i would like to. with the kindle when my eyes get tired i have it read to me and i still get to enjoy it i also own all the movies and see the movies in theater. i really think that making it into an ebook will expand your already large fan base!

  • Caythnn

    I have heard that Ms. Rowling is worried about plagiarism issues by having electronic copies available. 

  • Caythnn

    I have heard that Ms. Rowling is worried about plagiarism issues by having electronic copies available. 

  • Caythnn

    I have heard that Ms. Rowling is worried about plagiarism issues by having electronic copies available. 

  • Caythnn

    I have heard that Ms. Rowling is worried about plagiarism issues by having electronic copies available. 

  • Limey27

    Pirated versions

  • Limey27

    Oops. Pirated versions of the books are already available online. By refusing to release the e-books, she’s forced people who would gladly have paid for them to download them illegally.

  • ANON

    One word: Torrent.

  • Jdasmj

    You can download free PDF files of the books then put them on your Kindle. Just search the name of the book you want and add ‘pdf’ after it in Google Search Engine. :)

  • J�rn Erik Jenssen

    Save a tree – donæt buy books. Kill a square kilometre of rainforest instead by buying iPads, laptops, etc. Clever.

  • OldSchool17

    She is NOT an idiot. Obviously if you are calling her one, you have read her books and have fallen in love with the world she created with her genius. While I agree, I would LOVE to have the books on my kindle, there is DEFINITELY something to be said for the experience of reading harry potter from an actual book. It is the way we all read it the first time and the way I would want my children to read it. You must, at least, admit that it does make you delve completely into the story. I feel that it is a really cool way to keep her legacy. She is refusing to sell out to the “digital reader” and keeping it old school. You may not like it, but she is one smart cookie.

  • MissHootyHoots

    I read an update – the ebooks will be available for download exclusively on the new “Pottermore” site in October ’11.

  • Minishaq1997

    I’m dying for these books to be published on the eBooks

  • Samantha

    I am a traditionalist like J.K. Rowling and was so thrilled to hear such a prominent author apeaking out against digitalizing books – it’s just not an experience like reading a real book.  I’ve tried it, I even work at a B&N and have been forced to sell the readers, I hate reading on them, there’s no romance, no life in the story like there is in a book.  The argument here about the films is the most rediculous thing I have ever heard.  Film is another form of entertainment entirely and it is still an experience to watch and hear, but reading books on a screen is just not reading.  I back rowling and hope that she stands firm against digitalizing and that our print industry can survive.

  • Guest

    Pottermore is sponsored by Sony, so the books will be available on Pottermore and SonyReaders.

    http://www.fastcompany.com/1773848/how-harry-potters-spell-could-help-sony-change-the-ereader-game

  • Amy

    J.K. Rowling has made a deal to have the Potter series be available on an e-book format. This is just one article that details the “deal.”

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/20/googles-getting-harry-potter-but-the-kindle-will-too/

  • Emster

    She is making this possible in October on pottermore.com

  • Mehergh

    I used to agree with your thoughts about e-readers until I moved overseas to a country where it is difficult to find books in English. With shipping prices as high as they are, I could not bring many books with me and can’t have them shipped to me. Although I much prefer a book in my hands, here I have to take what I can get. Kindle allows me to continue reading voraciously. I for one believe that the magic of the story is in your imagination, not in what you hold in your hands.

  • Kobrien1204

    JK is releasing her digital books to only be sold on Pottermore, nowhere else. and that won’t be til sometime in 2012, supposedly. 

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