January 20, 2022

Google Announces Option to Send eBook Purchases From Pottermore (Coming Soon) Direct to Your Google eBook Library

From a Google Blog Post:

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.

In a nutshell, ebooks purchased from Pottermore can be sent (if you choose to) directly to your Google Books library AFTER you purchase them from the bookstore.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if a comment/statement from Amazon.com and/or others about any plans they might have for Pottermore eBooks (and other Pottermore material) sometime soon.

The actual Pottermore bookstore is going to be powered with technology from OverDrive. That’s something we mentioned in our original post about the web site/ebookstore.

Finally, Google also announced that Google Checkout “will be the preferred third party payment platform” for purchases made on Pottermore. Of course, credit cards will also be accepted.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.