Good news for magic-loving Muggles. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series -- all seven books -- are coming to Amazon's
Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL) on June 19. If you own a Kindle, you'll be able to pick up your device and read through the more than half a dozen Harry Potter books at your leisure in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. This is a pretty remarkable offer when you consider that the the Harry Potter series is the all-time best-selling book series in history, and it's exclusive to Amazon.
"We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this agreement with Pottermore. This is the kind of significant investment in the Kindle ecosystem that we’ll continue to make on behalf of Kindle owners," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. "Over a year, borrowing the Harry Potter books, plus a handful of additional titles, can alone be worth more than the $79 cost of Prime or a Kindle. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library also has an innovative feature that’s of great benefit for popular titles like Harry Potter – unlimited supply of each title – you never get put on a waiting list."
Bezos makes a great point. The Harry Potter paperback box set (books 1-7) is currently on sale for $50.85, and the Kindle editions run around $8 to $10 apiece (Prime members can read several of the titles for free). If you plan on reading through all seven books, this deal alone pays for a large chunk of a Kindle.
According to Amazon, the KOLL now features over 145,000 books available to borrow au gratis, including more than 100 current and former New York Times Best Sellers.