The Pottermore ebookstore is now open. paidContent reports that all of the Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks are available (DRM-free) for sale for the first time. Pottermore has partnered with Sony, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google to make the ebooks available to a wide audience; the bookseller reports it has not come to an agreement with Apple, however.
The ebooks and digital audiobooks are currently only available in U.S. and U.K. English. "French, German, Spanish and Italian language eBooks will be available soon, and many further languages will follow," the bookseller says on its FAQ page. "Digital audio books in German and Italian will also be available shortly." The ebooks and digital audiobooks are available for sale internationally and will reportedly be available to libraries through OverDrive.
J.K. Rowling announced Pottermore last year; it is a Harry Potter community site and the exclusive source for the Harry Potter digital audiobooks and ebooks. The interactive community portion of the site is still in beta and slated to open to a general audience in April.
Social media, tablets, and eReaders have not only changed the publishing model, they have given authors and publishers a whole new avenue to engage readers beyond books. Now, with the launch of interactive websites that accompany these books, such as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter experience, Pottermore, and the continued growth and acceptance of mobile apps, the list of digital possibilities is getting longer.
In the months since Pottermore finally opened for business, e-reader enthusiasts have been buying the Harry Potter ebooks in droves. Now Kobo users can also get in on the action, but just like everyone else, they'll have to purchase the ebooks through Pottermore.