QUICK NOTE for now. More
Here's the new Harry Potter page at Amazon (Link: amzn.to/pottermorepage).
To purchase a book shown, you'll need to also create an account at the Pottermore store to buy a book, (Link to Pottermore's Help page: amzn.to/pottermoresite).
They seem reasonably priced at $7.99 for the most part, considering what we've been used to with other larger publishers. But I'm getting this out right away and will add the usual details in a short while.
When actually buying a book from Amazon for the Kindle, you'll click the usual button but will be taken to the Pottermore store.
Update, 3/27/12 - Here's the detailed Amazon Help page for Harry Potter books on Kindle (Link: amzn.to/kpotter)
Update 2, 3/28/12 - More details
A discount is given if you buy a full set of 7 books at the same time. $57.54, about a 10% savings. This includes taxes.
A DRM-free ePub copy can be one of the 8-allowed downloads from Pottermore site.
Below is what is fairly common language now for Terms and Conditions of e-book purchases, but some may be interested in what Rowling's attorneys decided to use:
From Pottermore Terms and Conditions - Section 12 Use and Limitation of Use of Books
Excerpts from 12.1, What a purchaser can and can't do:
12.1 When you buy a downloadable book from us, what you are buying is the right to use that book in the way we explain below for your own personal, non-commercial use only:
§ You may download one (1) copy of each book you purchase for storage and use on your reading/listening system, which could be your computer, your tablet, your MP3 player, your mobile phone, your eBook reader or any other compatible electronic device, or any compatible reading/listening service linked with the Pottermore Shop ("System").
You may also download up to seven (7) further copies of the book for storage and use in the same ways but this is subject to the continued availability of the book via the Pottermore Shop...
12.3 You may not and may not permit others to do any of the following things in relation to any book or extract:
sell, distribute, loan, share, give or lend the book or extract to any other person including to your friends (except in the limited circumstances explained at 12.1 above)...
However, there are various upsides, including the reasonable pricing relative to other in-demand e-books today, the number of times (8) that you can download a purchased copy while being able to take advantage of a Kindle copy being automatically sent to up to 6 of your Kindle-compatible devices while it is counted by Pottermore as only one copy downloaded, etc.
And with the Kindle copy served by Amazon, you can redownload that as often as necessary.
Here are some tips exchanged from the experience yesterday of Kindle forum members -- one focus is on being able to get the original English version of the books when you live in the U.S. and use a U.S. credit card with Amazon.com US:
"Warning (or note) to everyone. When you send a HP book to your Kindle account, it is also automatically sent to every device and app you have registered on your account, up to 6 of them."
Jolie Griffin mentions the "availability of the last book as a digital audio production, which even itunes didn't get!"
Fanny V. Darling says:
"you link your Pottermore account and your amazon account, then the books show on your MYK [ManageYourKindle] page"
CBRetriever says [in order to get the Great Britain or original English versions of the Potter books vs the US English versions)
"When I signed up, I set my language to GB english"
Thomas Palmer says
"I just did a test. If you set your country of residence on your account to be one where the GB version is available you can put it in your cart. But if you enter in a US CC when checking out then the system will automatically change it to the US version and send you back to the start of the checkout process."
Thomas Palmer adds:
"OK. I was able to figure out how to buy the UK version of the HP books when you have a US account. You will need 2 Pottermore Store accounts. You will need your main US one to buy the book and a second UK one to get the books. So you will need 2 e-mail addresses.
1) Set up your main US account. This one will be where you buy the GB version.
2) Change the Book Language to English(GB). Not the site language, the book language.
3) You won't be able to use the buy button. Use the gift link just below the buy button.
4) Send the gift to yourself at a different e-mail address. Use UK as that gift recipients country.
5) You can now check out as normal using your US credit card.
6) Set up a second Pottermore Store account with the other email address, but this time select UK as the country of residence.
7) You will get the gift code in that email account you set when you bought the gift. Use that code to accept the gift in your second Pottermore account.
8) You will now have the UK version of the book. :) Go ahead and link your Amazon account and send it off to your Kindle. Even though it's a US Amazon account it works just fine. You will get Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. YAY!!! :) In fact I now have both in my account with no problems..."
H. kendall says:
"Thanks Thomas Palmer! I now have the UK version which I wanted. It really was easy to follow your instuctions."
Thomas Palmer says:
'"CLS10 says: "Can you tell me how to unlink my amazon account? I don't see any options to do so."
When you are logged in on the Pottermore Store page, click on "My shop account" at the top of the page. You will see a bunch of big icons for all the different account settings sections. Click on Linked Accounts. It will show you the accounts that are linked. Click on "Remove linked account" on the right side of the account you want to unlink from the Pottermore Shop account.'
Satellite Girl says:
'This is actually better than "real" kindle books because you can get multiple versions for different countries regardless of where you live and you can download up to 8 versions which means you can get versions for different devices in different formats without rebuying it. So having purchased it once you can get it for Nook, Google, Kindle etc. All having purchased it once. This basically gives you all the advantages of having purchased it from Amazon but unlocks it so you don't have to read it in Kindle format or be bound by the restrictions.'
Stephanie Wheeler says:
"...SO happy to see that the artwork is still there in the ebook version. I loved all the little drawings! "
CBP the bookworm says:
"...it doesn't work if you've already bought the books - you can only do the gift option at checkout."
AmeliaAT says [re full-set discount, for 7 individual books]
"It's the very last option, right next to the Deathly Hallows book, and it has a little "10%" sticker-thingy over it. So if you want all 7 and want to buy them all at once, you can save 10% over buying them individually."
"Password wise, use at least one capitol letter and two numbers and you are good to go.
As for the 8 downloads, I sent it to my Kindle account and it counted as one download even though it went to 4 devices (k1, K3, and 2 DXGs). My second download was to my computer, I saved the EPUBs on my hard drive just to be safe. I have 6 downloads left. So if I wanted to, or needed to, I could send it to a IPad, Nook and a Sony and still have 3 downloads left..."
Robert Berryman says:
"Thanks to Thomas for his instructions; I'm in the US and now have the UK
version. One thing I discovered is that you don't need two Pottermore
accts, just two email addresses which I already had. Use the same email
you use for Amazon and gift it to the other email, telling Pottermore
that the send-to address is UK. Worked great! Thanks again, Tom."
"Here's a site that notes the differences between the US and UK versions
of the first book:
I'm good with the American version. That's what I always read. plus, in
this instance only, i don't want to have to figure out that 'comprehensive' means public school."
"I was interested to find that, at least with the first book, text-to-speech is enabled. TTS is turned off by publishers on so many books that this was a pleasant surprise."
Kindle Touch 3G, US-only Kindle Touch WiFi (US) Kindle Touch WiFi-Only, outside US
Kindle Keybd 3G (UK: Kindle Keybd 3G) K3 Special Offers K3-3G Special Offers DX
Check often: Temporarily-free recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
UK-Only: recently published free books, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
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