Harry Potter Books Skip iBookstore, Come to iPad

J.K. Rowling’s popular Harry Potter book series is finally available as iPad-compatible ebooks, but the titles aren’t available through Apple’s iBookstore. Instead, Ms. Rowling is maintaining control over the ebook distribution process by selling them directly through her own site, Pottermore.

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The complete seven-book series is available in ePub format, which is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch iBooks app. By sticking with the ePub standard, the books can be read on a wide range of ebook readers and tablets, too.

While Ms. Rowling may prefer people purchase the ebooks through her Pottermore website, they are available for Amazon’s Kindle ebook readers through Amazon.com. On Tuesday, Barnes & Noble also announced that they were available through its site for the company’s Nook ereaders and tablets.

The launch of the ePub versions for iPad and versons for Kindle and Nook mark the first time the Harry Potter titles have been officially offered in digital form.

The Harry Potter ebooks range from US$7.99 up to $9.99, and the complete seven book set costs $57.54.