When Harry Potter makes its way into the eBook format this fall via J.K. Rowling’s new site for the franchise called Pottermore, Google will help distribute the content.
Inside Google Books explains: “Pottermore and Google are teaming up to integrate Pottermore with a number of Google products and APIs. So when the series of Harry Potter ebooks launches on Pottermore.com in early October, these bestsellers will be available in the U.S. via the open Google eBooks platform. When you buy a Harry Potter ebook from Pottermore, you will be able to choose to keep it in your Google Books library in-the-cloud, as well as on other e-reading platforms.”
This announcement raised the speculation that Pottermore’s partnership with Google meant that the eBooks would not be available to read on Kindles. TechCrunch has the story: “…we’ve received word from an Amazon spokesperson that the company is ‘working closely with Pottermore to make sure Kindle customers will be able to buy and read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.’”