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Google eBooks to support Pottermore, Harry Potter ebooks

A lot of details were left up in the air when Pottermore was announced a few weeks back. Today Google posted about their new relationship with Pottermore, and they answered a couple of the questions I still pondered.

Google just announced that they were the new partner of Pottermore.  But don’t get too worried; you’ll still buy the ebooks from Pottermore (so the promise of DRM free ebooks still stands). What this means is that if you like, you can transfer your newly purchased HP ebooks to your personal library in the Google eBookstore. Google will  also be the payment processor for Pottermore.

I have to say that I’m both surprised and not surprised. I thought Overdrive would run the Pottermore ebookstore (they’re building it, after all). On the other hand, this doesn’t surprise me because Pottermore will require support for making a heck of a lot of sales transactions at once. Google can do that, no problem.

via Google

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Chris Walters July 20, 2011 um 10:40 am

Do you think this means Google Books will offer .mobi versions of the books for customers who wish to download a copy to transfer to a Kindle device? I’ve only ever seen .epub or .pdf formats available for download there.

Nate Hoffelder July 20, 2011 um 10:58 am

I doubt that Google will offer Mobi. They’re not set up for it.

Mike Cane July 20, 2011 um 11:58 am

>>>Google will also be the payment processor for Pottermore.

Oh FFS. Google Checkout?

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