Harry Potter, Pottermore, eBooks, and What Does It all Mean?

I’ve been sitting on writing this post for awhile, because I wanted to do some more research and understand it better.  I still don’t understand what it all means, but I decided to go ahead and put this out there anyway.

So here’s the deal:  Pottermore is a website that serves as the permanent home for the Harry Potter book series.  Explore Pottermore, or read about its many features—for the purposes of this post, I want to talk about the Harry Potter eBooks, which are exclusively available from Pottermore.

Pottermore Frustration

Pottermore Frustration (Photo credit: Shaun Case)

Even if you have a Kindle or NOOK, and buy your eBooks from Amazon (Kindle) or Barnes and Noble (NOOK), those sites will simply redirect you to Pottermore. It appears the eBooks, which are provided as EPUB files, are compatible with most devices.

Many, if not most, public libraries provide eBooks to their users via OverDrive.  While it appears there was an initial delay with OverDrive’s access to the Pottermore titles, when I search OverDrive for Harry Potter titles at my library, there are many available , so it seems that has been resolved.

My questions are: Is Pottermore a good thing for eBook users? For libraries?  Will other popular publishers follow suit?  Does it matter?  Or do we need to just wait and see?

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