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Following a spate of rumors over the past couple days on various blogs (not this one) that the Kindle will be Harry Potter-less, an Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) spokesperson reached out to tell us that Amazon is working with Pottermore to ensure the books will be available.
“We’re working closely with Pottermore to make sure Kindle customers will be able to buy and read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books,” Amazon told us today.
Some blogs have interpreted the news that Pottermore is teaming up with Google eBooks as a sign that Kindle users won’t have access to the books. But Rowling has been clear from the beginning that she didn’t want to restrict the Harry Potter e-books to one platform or device.
The first official Q&A on the Pottermore blog includes this question:
What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony (NYSE: SNE) eReader/Kindle…?
The Pottermore Shop is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the e-books in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide more information closer to the time.
Here’s what’s still unclear, as we wrote at the time of the announcement: Whether Kindle will be forced to start supporting the open EPUB format for Harry Potter, or whether Amazon will manage to swing a deal that has Pottermore selling the Harry Potter e-books in the proprietary Kindle format. The former seems more likely since there have also been rumors that the Harry Potter e-books will be DRM-less. And with Amazon reportedly releasing a tablet and two new Kindles this fall, the company could fairly quietly roll out EPUB support mixed in with a string of other announcements. As Pottermore tells us, though, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out for sure.