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Inside Google Books: Pottermore and Google team up to enable Harry

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(Cross-posted on the Google Commerce blog)

When JK Rowling’s new website Pottermore opens its doors this Fall, we’ll provide services to help fans make the most of their ebook purchasing experience.

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.

Google eBooks can be read on most devices with a modern browser, through the Google Books apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and on more than 80 ereaders.

Pottermore will be the exclusive place to buy Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks. You’ll be able to buy ebooks from the Pottermore Shop, push them to your Google Books library and store them alongside your other Google eBooks. Your other Google eBooks may be purchased from any of more than 250 independent booksellers or from Google directly.

Also under this agreement, Google Checkout will be the preferred third party payment platform for all purchases made on Pottermore.com. When you visit the Pottermore Shop, you’ll be able to pay for your purchases using Google Checkout, in addition to using a debit or credit card.

The Pottermore team also plans to use YouTube for global video broadcasts in the future, as they did for JK Rowling’s announcement of Pottermore in June.

Stay tuned for more Pottermore and Google wizardry on the web this summer, leading up to when Pottermore opens.

Pottermore teams up with Google Books | Hogwarts Radio

Back in July 20, 2011, Google Books announced that they are teaming up with Pottermore to help distribute Harry Potter ebooks purchased on Pottermore.com.

On the Google Books blog:

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.

Google eBooks can be read on most devices with a modern browser, through the Google Books apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and on more than 80 ereaders.

Pottermore will be the exclusive place to buy Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks. You’ll be able to buy ebooks from the Pottermore Shop, push them to your Google Books library and store them alongside your other Google eBooks. Your other Google eBooks may be purchased from any of more than 250 independent booksellers or from Google directly.

Also under this agreement, Google Checkout will be the preferred third party payment platform for all purchases made on Pottermore.com. When you visit the Pottermore Shop, you’ll be able to pay for your purchases using Google Checkout, in addition to using a debit or credit card.

The Pottermore team also plans to use YouTube for global video broadcasts in the future, as they did for JK Rowling’s announcement of Pottermore in June.

Thanks to MuggleNet for the tip!

Pottermore teams up with Google Books | Hogwarts Radio | Harry

Back in July 20, 2011, Google Books announced that they are teaming up with Pottermore to help distribute Harry Potter ebooks purchased on Pottermore.com.

On the Google Books blog:

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.

Google eBooks can be read on most devices with a modern browser, through the Google Books apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and on more than 80 ereaders.

Pottermore will be the exclusive place to buy Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks. You’ll be able to buy ebooks from the Pottermore Shop, push them to your Google Books library and store them alongside your other Google eBooks. Your other Google eBooks may be purchased from any of more than 250 independent booksellers or from Google directly.

Also under this agreement, Google Checkout will be the preferred third party payment platform for all purchases made on Pottermore.com. When you visit the Pottermore Shop, you’ll be able to pay for your purchases using Google Checkout, in addition to using a debit or credit card.

The Pottermore team also plans to use YouTube for global video broadcasts in the future, as they did for JK Rowling’s announcement of Pottermore in June.

Thanks to MuggleNet for the tip!

Article source: http://www.hogwartsradio.com/pottermore-teams-up-with-google-books/

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Google Books and Kindle to get 'Harry Potter' series | Signal

Amazon Kindle readers will not be left out of the “Harry Potter” series when it begins arriving in digital format for e-readers later this year.

Pottermore will be the exclusive distributor of ‘Harry Potter’ for digital e-readers.

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Amazon officials told TechCrunch that it is working with Pottermore, the Web site set up to distribute the digital version of the books for e-readers.

Yesterday, Google announced it that it would be getting the “Harry Potter” e-books for its Google Books platform. Google said it is also working with Pottermore.

Some reports speculated based on the Google announcement that Amazon’s Kindle might be left in the cold with no access to Harry and his bevy of buddies from Hogwarts. But that is not the case.

Rowling has been clear from the start that she wants the books to be available on a wide range of e-reader platforms. But the digital versions of the books will be sold exclusively through Pottermore, which is set to debut in October. This means that consumers will have to purchase the book through the Pottermore site and then select the e-reader format they’d like to use.

Google said in its announcement that it’s also been selected as a “preferred third party payment platform for purchases made on Pottermore.com.” This means that shoppers will be able to pay using Google Checkout or a credit card.

Pottermore will not only offer the digital versions of the popular books, but it’s also a place where fans can interact with one another as well as participate in virtual events from the books. Fans will be able to visit virtual versions of Diagon Alley. And they’ll be able to mix potions, cast spells, and do all kinds of other activities to help their houses win the House Cup at Hogwarts, the fictional boarding school that Harry Potter attended in the series.

Amazon, which has said it now sells more e-books than printed books, is expected to introduce two new e-readers and a
tablet PC in the fall.

Google Teams Up With J.K. Rowling's Pottermore

Pottermore, the free online experience set to keep the popularity of the Harry Potter franchise alive after the release of the books and movies, has joined forces with Google. Pottermore will be integrated with a number of Google products and APIs. Those who purchase a Harry Potter ebook or digital audiobook (available exclusively from Pottermore) will be able to store it in their Google Books library, meaning it can then be read on over 80 e-readers using Google’s app.

Google Checkout will be the preferred third-party payment platform for all of the purchases made on Pottermore. Also, YouTube will be used for future global video broadcasts, as it was for J.K. Rowling’s initial Pottermore announcement last month.

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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 eBooksplatform. 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.

Google eBooks can be read on most devices with a modern browser, through the Google Books apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and on more than 80 ereaders.

Pottermore will be the exclusive place to buy Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks. You’ll be able to buy ebooks from the Pottermore Shop, push them to your Google Books library and store them alongside your other Google eBooks. Your other Google eBooks may be purchased from any of more than 250 independent booksellers or from Google directly.

Also under this agreement, Google Checkout will be the preferred third party payment platform for all purchases made on Pottermore.com. When you visit the Pottermore Shop, you’ll be able to pay for your purchases using Google Checkout, in addition to using a debit or credit card.

The Pottermore team also plans to use YouTube for global video broadcasts in the future, as they did for JK Rowling’s announcement of Pottermore in June.

Stay tuned for more Pottermore and Google wizardry on the web this summer, leading up to when Pottermore opens.

Rowling picks Google eBooks for online Harry Potter store | TG Daily

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has struck a deal with Google Books, allowing her novels to be released as e-books on the Google platform.

Last month, Rowling announced the Pottermore website, promising that it would soon include an online bookshop. Now, it’s been revealed that the books – which will be avaialble nowhere else – will be published in Google’s open eBooks format.

This means they can be accessed through the 80 or so ereaders that support the format, including Android or iOS devices, the Nook, and Sony readers, along with browsers and smartphone apps. While the Kindle is a glaring omission, Amazon says it’s working on that.

“Pottermore will be the exclusive place to buy Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks,” says Larissa Fontaine of Google Books.

“You’ll be able to buy ebooks from the Pottermore Shop, push them to your Google Books library and store them alongside your other Google eBooks. Your other Google eBooks may be purchased from any of more than 250 independent booksellers or from Google directly.”

Google says that Google Checkout will be the preferred third party payment platform for all purchases made on Pottermore.com, and that in future the Pottermore team will use YouTube for global video broadcasts, as was done for the original Pottermore announcement in June.

The site‘s due to launch in October.

 

JK Rowling's Pottermore Teams Up With Google eBooks & Google

JK Rowling has announced that her website Pottermore (where Harry Potter ebooks and Audiobooks will be sold digitally) will open its doors this October and she has a good news from Google. Google have teamed up with Pottermore in integrating with Pottermore with number of Google products and APIs and when the Harry Potter eBooks launches on Pottermore the same will be available through Google eBooks platform.

harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2 Pottermore Teams Up With Google eBooks  Google Checkout

With this tie-up, the people who purchase Harry Potter eBooks on Pottermore will be able to keep it (optional) in their Google Books library over the cloud and can access the same from other e-reading platforms. Right now Google eBooks supports over 80 eReaders and works fine on modern browsers.

With this agreement Google Checkout will be used as the preferred third party payment platform in addition to debit or credit card for all purchases made on Pottermore.

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Google's Getting Harry Potter, But The Kindle Will Too | TechCrunch

This morning Google made an announcement of magical significance: the Harry Potter eBooks, which are being released for the first time this October, will be available via its Google Books platform. That sounds like it should be a given, but in the case of Potter it isn’t — author J.K. Rowling is selling the books exclusively through Pottermore, a site that she launched with much fanfare last month.

Some reports took this to mean that Potter wouldn’t be making his way to the Kindle (or that end-users would have to deal with clunky workarounds to get the book off of Google Books and onto Amazon’s popular device). Fortunately, that isn’t the case: 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.”

That’s important, because even before today’s Google announcement people have questioned if Potter would come to the Kindle. Pottermore is reportedly distributing the books in a DRM-free format, and historically Amazon has only sold its books with DRM. Update: Amazon says that they actually sell lots of Kindle books without DRM, and that the decision is up to the publisher. It’s unclear exactly what Amazon is going to do here, but obviously they’re working something out (and they have a strong incentive to, given that the series has sold 450 million copies in print). One thing to note: Amazon’s statement makes it clear that Potter is coming to the Kindle, but it’s still feasible that there could be different release windows in play.

As for the purchase process itself, it sounds like users will buy the books from Pottermore, then choose which eBook platform they’d like them delivered to.

And while it doesn’t have exclusive rights to the books, Google does have a leg up on Amazon in at least one respect: they’ve been chosen as “the preferred third party payment platform for all purchases made on Pottermore.com” — you’ll be able to pay with either Google Checkout, or your credit card. Given how many people will flock to the site, this could well introduce Google Checkout to a lot of people for the first time.

Finally, Google hints that there will be more coming from its partnership: “Stay tuned for more Pottermore and Google wizardry on the web this summer, leading up to when Pottermore opens.”

Pottermore And Google Join Forces To Sell Potter Ebooks

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One giant joins forces with another one….  Harry Potter and Google Books:

In a press release, Google Books announced  that they will be joining forces with JK Rowling’s shortly to open Harry Potter website (Pottermore).

This wont simply mean you can buy your Harry Potter ebooks from Google Books, but as they explain it, it is a much more complex relationship, I can do no better than to quote from their press release in which they describe the relationship rather clearly, as follows:-

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.

Google eBooks can be read on most devices with a modern browser, through the Google Books apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and on more than 80 ereaders.

Pottermore will be the exclusive place to buy Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks. You’ll be able to buy ebooks from the Pottermore Shop, push them to your Google Books library and store them alongside your other Google eBooks. Your other Google eBooks may be purchased from any of more than 250 independent booksellers or from Google directly.

Also under this agreement, Google Checkout will be the preferred third party payment platform for all purchases made on Pottermore.com. When you visit the Pottermore Shop, you’ll be able to pay for your purchases using Google Checkout, in addition to using a debit or credit card.

So, now you know.  

This whole Pottermore thing is becoming more interesting every day as it is much more than simply a hugely successful author taking over complete control of her work, rather than letting her publishers look after it all for her, but is perhaps the first step in opening up the ebook world to make it actually equivalent to the paper book world in many important ways.  If this site succeeds, and I see no reason for it to fail given the immense popularity of the whole Potter saga and the equal success of the film series of the books, then I hope we will see more and more ebooks being released without DRM protection, and in all the appropriate formats to enable people to buy and read them no matter what ereader they happen to own.

I assume that publishers of ebooks will be watching this experiment with hawkish eyes, and will draw their own conclusions from the experiment, and its hoped for success, and perhaps realise they have been heading rapidly down the wrong road since ereaders became so normal….

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What do you think about this link up between Google and Rowling?   Do you feel it will have any effect on the entire ebook world…. or not?












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