Rumor: Harry Potter Series to be Bundled with Sony’s New E-Reader


Aug 16, 2011

Posted by John Admin

The Register is reporting that Sony has gained “early electronic rights” to the Harry Potter e-books and that Sony’s next generation e-reader, expected to be released in November, will come bundled with the 7 Harry Potter books plus a letter from J.K. Rowling, subscription to Pottermore and a themed carry case.

Please note that at the moment this is still under the rumor category and has not been confirmed by Sony, a Pottermore sponsor, or J.K. Rowling.

The Harry Potter e-books are expected to be sold exclusively through Pottermore when the site opens to all.

45 Responses to Rumor: Harry Potter Series to be Bundled with Sony’s New E-Reader

Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: Great! I plan on buying a Kindle soon and with Jo selling e-books for the Harry Potter series is just amazing :) But, I'm sad his will be the future, I actually like books!Avatar Imagehonigmuffin says: I'm suspicious about the Pottermore subscription, but as for the rest… why not? I'm sure Sony/Pottermore's PR department/JKR will clarify soon enough if there's anything to the story.Avatar Imagezweasly says: I will be getting the books for my Nook just as soon as I can! I buy my favorite books in both DTB copies and ebooks. <3Avatar Imagezweasly says: I will be getting the books for my Nook just as soon as I can! I buy my favorite books in both DTB copies and ebooks. <3Avatar Imagezweasly says: Sorry for the double post above. Still learning! :)Avatar ImageWildIce43 says: Errgh, I've already got a Kindle, but my someone may get that as a hand-me down, if this is true. I'd want that bundle.Avatar Imageroonwit says: The Pottermore site says "Also, in October, the Pottermore Shop will open, where readers can exclusively purchase and download the digital audio books and, for the first time, the eBooks, with the complete series available in a range of popular language editions - and more languages to be added later." which contradicts the Register article somewhat. I can believe Sony will get bundling rights first and rights to a Potter special edition, but it certainly sounds as if the ebooks will be available to download from October from the Pottermore site as well.Avatar ImageTheGryffindorFox says: Pottermore subscription? But we know the site is free! I think I'll take that bit with a pinch of salt.Avatar Imageroonwit says: The Pottermore subscription mentioned may be on the eBook side, perhaps allowing you to download the books again (eg. if your reader is damaged) or you want it in another format).Avatar Imagerainbowapplefizz says: How much is the E-Reader going to cost?Avatar Imagerainbowapplefizz says: Sorry, hit submit too soon. I'm confused because the link to the Register is stating that Pottermore access will not allow us to buy the e-books until 2012, but I thought they were being made available in October.Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: Cool for all ebook users. Though I doubt it's true, as that article says that you'll be able to get all seven ebooks next year, and Jo said that she'll stagger the release of each book, one a year. When it comes to books, I'm a purist, if it can't give me a paper cut then I don't want it! :DAvatar Imagealexweasley12 says: I have a Kobo, but if this is true, i want this one instead !!Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I dont hate the idea of Kindle, Nook, E-Reader, ect.,if fact I like it very much. But I do hate how they are slowly taking the place of real books and causing bookstores to close. Would reading the HP series been the same on a Kindle? Not being able to feel the pages as you turned them, not closing DH at the end and huggin it to you in shock that this was the last one? No tear stained pages to look back on 20 years from now when we read these amazing books to our own children? No it wouldnt have.The true magic just would not have been there. It'll never take the place of suggling up with a real book, on a rainy afternoon. Lets remember that when you get all ecited about E-Readers and such, its just not the same.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: I'm more a fan of the physical book but last year I was living in Spain and it would have been much easier is all my books were on e-reader. The only annoying thing is that I can copy my cds into itunes if I want it on my ipod. But I have to re-buy the book to get it on my reader.Avatar Imagesessionka says: Interesting rumor...I used to work for Sony, and have one of their old readers. It's clumsy to use. I don't know what kind of improvements they've made to their new reader. This may be good for them, as their reader was/is getting hammered by Amazon and Apple. I don't know if I'd buy their reader because of this deal though..Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I have a kindle and they're are very useful and save me a lot of money but I do prefer a physical book over a digital book.Avatar Imageahaque521 says: i dont rele like kindles and nooks and ereaders and stuff cuz i prefer actually reading the physical book.. but they r great for traveling and stuff!!! Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: I have a Kindle but maybe....Avatar Imagejyassa says: i just hope they put it on kobo because thats what i haveAvatar ImageRunwild101 says: I love the physical books as well, but the portability of seven books or just two while on vacation is not fun at all. I do however, keep all 7 audio books with me on my iPod. I cannot help it, you never know when some starts some canon talks! Avatar Imagetim_2006 says: I love the e-readers if only we had them sooner. Paper books are horrible. With ebooks you don't get wear and tear. So you will have to purchase a whole new harry potter book set in paper. Lower cost. By eliminating bookstores altogether and selling directly to the customer. Think also of all that paper that can be saved. I am glad and hope bookstores will eventually be a thing of the past.Avatar ImageStephPotter says: It's cool...but NORMAL books are more me soo.....and ''posted by Stephanie'' Nice name Stephanie! :)Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Cool i have a Kindle and I don't have to save up my money to buy a Sony e-reader now .Avatar Imagemencia says: I prefer books, e-books are just so impersonal whereas books add to the experience. Avatar Imagetim_2006 says: Ereaders are REAL they are made of materials found on the periodic table. They are also real in that you can personally hold it in you hand.Avatar Imagetim_2006 says: Also now you are just being silly. Now you are just arguing format as nothing is being taken away from the experience. I get the same experience that j.k. intended on paper as with the ereader. I still have my imagination.Avatar Imagetim_2006 says: It just comes down to opinion really.Avatar Imagezweasly says: I LOVE reading on my nook and although I read a lot before I got it it, I find I read even more now. I do like to have all of my favorite series in both DTB copies and ebooks. Something that is just not the same with the ebooks is being able to quickly look back to re-read a certian part or to scour through the digital pages to find a certian line I was looking for. Granted, there are search options, but it's just not the same as thumbing through the pages of a real book. I like that Barnes & Noble will *sometimes* offer a bundle package where if you buy the real book, you get a "free" download of the ebook, sort of like how iTunes does with DVD's. DTB's are going the same way of tangible photographs, love notes, and thank-you cards. It's very disheartening. Yet, at the same time it is wonderful that as I type this I have a library of 500+ books sitting here in one small device next to me. There are pros & cons to both ways of reading. To feel superior or more intellectual because you choose one way over the other is just silly. Whew... that was long-winded when all I really wanted to say is I wonder what the HP cover will look like and will I be able to get one for my nook? :)Avatar Imagehermioneginnyluna says: I need printed word. in book form. I don't want this to be the end of libraries and such. But a HP-themed case? Well, that might make me a bit more willing to try it...Avatar ImageEeyore says: It looks like there is an update to the Register article that Sony won't get exclusive early release, according to someone from Rowling's side. I have a Nook, which I bought last spring before we went on vacation. I always take my mp3 player with all the HP books (Stephen Fry version), but I also like have a book to read. This time I was able to take over 30 books with me - it was great because once I took only one book and found I hated the book and had nothing to read. At some point, paper books probably will go away, but not for a while. There are still books that aren't available as e-books, especially ones that are out of print or aren't as well-read. Don't get me wrong - I still love all my books and don't plan to get rid of them. Sometimes a book that has pages I can turn or can write in the margins is just what I want. But I am looking forward to having all the HP books on my Nook.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Why would Jo put the books on an E-reader platform that is clearly the 'BetaMax' of the readers? Kindle would be a far better choice!Avatar Imageizziewitch says: I keep debating about buying an e-reader, but I think this bundle would be way too expensive, with all the books on it. (The case would be nice to have, though.)Avatar Imageglow_freak says: I'm torn about e-books too but when I look at my first copy of Philosopher (which is literally loose pages with an elastic band around them so I don't lose any) I think it might be nice to have a copy that's never going to fall apart. It will NEVER replace my original copy, or the memories that lay between its pages, but it would also mean preventing further damage to it. I already own seven deteriorating copies of Philosopher and, much as I love the smell of new books, it'd be nice to have one that lasts. Avatar Imageizziewitch says: Know what you mean. My copies of GoF, HBP and even DH are really sad, falling apart. Guess they don't make books like they used to!Avatar ImageGvantsa says: Uh.. Pottermore subscription? Avatar says: That will be fantastic :)Avatar ImageHarryBensley says: I've got a kindle so I'll definitely be getting the books but I don't think I'd get the Sony e-reader unless it's a HP special edition or theme... If it was that would be a tough decision!Avatar ImageMr.Bones says: Maybe it's a special edition thing from somewhere? Since the whole thing about Pottermore is the E-reading stuff i dont think that some one would get the rights of the books which will contradict one of the points of the site. Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: i would give anything for this rumor to become true LOLAvatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: I actually would like this bundle, I have been considering an e-reader for the reasons others have mentioned. I spend a lot of time at ball practices and after school activities just sitting and waiting and like to take a book to read. It would be nice to have many to choose from and not have to have 100 pounds worth of books to lug around. I can't wait to see if there is some sort of special edition for the HP books.Avatar Imagegingerfan says: I'll just wait until themed carry cases come out for the other readers, which I'm sure would happen very shortly after the ebooks are released, and save myself the money. I'm a purist at heart when it comes to reading and nothing compares to a paperback/hardcover "real" book imho but, I do enjoy the convenience of taking along the Kindle when I go on trips and having numerous books at my fingertips. I never really used it when I'm home since I have my books with me. I say whatever works for you, is what's right for you and each to his own.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: That would be cool! Now if only the Kobo gets it too....Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: That would be cool! Now if only the Kobo gets it too....Avatar Imageverytas says: Love my Nook and can't wait to be able to get the HP books on it... Nothing will replace my hardcover versions, nor my (Jim Dale) audio-books, but having the whole series at my fingertips on a device that weighs less than a pound that I can take wherever I go, well, they will join my other favorite books on my Nook.. I also can't wait to see what Pottermore has to offer.....

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