Remember that time when J.K. Rowling made it clear that e-book versions of the Harry Potter series would only be available via her web site, Pottermore? Well that has now changed.
According to the L.A. Times, Amazon has purchased a license from Pottermore, and will now offer Harry Potter e-books through its Kindle lending library. To access the lending library, Kindle users must be members of Amazon Prime, which costs $79 a year.
The Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne explains why the deal was made.
Yes, some people will borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and therefore not buy, but Amazon is paying us a large amount of money for that right, and I believe it’s a commercial deal that makes sense.
It most certainly does make sense, but I’m still surprised Rowling gave up a piece of her monopoly over the series. The e-books will become available via the library on June 19th.