I’m one of those few people who is not a fan of Harry Potter, but I can’t help but respect and watch the empire that J.K. Rowling has built around her books. Her new effort – Pottermore – extends her Harry Potter world into the digital space, but the thing that caught my eye was that she is not making a big-name deal with Amazon.com, but instead releasing the books in an open source, Google eBook format:
…Rowling will be self-publishing the digital copies of Harry Potter on Pottermore, a move that could leave proprietary readers reeling from the loss of potential earnings.It seems Rowling will be taking Potter to Google, and publishing all of the books through open-source Google eBooks purchasable through Google Checkout in DRM-free ePub and PDF formats.
She’s not the first author to do this, but she’s by far the one with the most clout. If this encourages readers to explore open source options with their Kindles and Nooks, it might lead to them to wander further afield from the controlled storefronts that currently dominate.
- Amazon Says Harry Potter E-Books Will Be Available On Kindle (paidcontent.org)
- JK Rowling’s Pottermore and Google team up: Harry Potter ebook push to Google Books libraries (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Google Gets Exclusive Deal for Harry Potter eBooks (searchenginejournal.com)