Harry Potter - meet 2012.
The Harry Potter series is finally hitting e-readers via Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's sole sanctioned eBook outlet.
The books will be available in both the EPUB and Kindle formats, making them compatible with a very large number of devices. (Notably, Apple's iBookStore is not included in the list of supported partners, at least not yet.)
The first three books of the series will run for $7.99, while the last four, larger tomes, will cost $9.99. Purchased one at a time, the entire series will run you $64, though Pottermore also offers The Complete eBook Collection, which is a bit cheaper at $57. Also available are audio versions of the novels, which run for $29 and $44.
Buying the eBooks is probably a bit more complicated than most digital readers are used to. It requires, first, the creation of a Pottermore account, which will handle the downloading and management of the files. Owners are able to copy the files to up to eight devices.
Right now the books are only available in English, though French, German, Italian, and Spanish versions are on the way as well.
What's particularly interesting about the news is this: Gone from Pottermore is any mention of Google Checkout, which, was the preferred third part payment platform for the site last year.
Here's what Pottermore has to say about payment:
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Carte Bleue, JCB (£ GBP at present), Maestro and Solo credit and debit cards at the Pottermore Shop. We do not accept cheque or any other kind of payment at this time, although we will add additional payment options in the future.