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'Harry Potter' e-books: game-changers for the digital world?

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(Read caption) 'Harry Potter' books finally became available in digital form on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s new web store, enabling fans to buy e-books and audiobooks of all seven 'Harry Potter' novels.

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With a wave of the famous boy wizard’s wand – and a bevy of distribution deals – Harry Potter’s Pottermore has brought the wizarding world to the digital world.

That’s right, Harry Potter books finally became available in digital form Tuesday on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s new web store, enabling fans to buy e-books and audiobooks of all seven Potter novels.

But there’s more magic there than meets the eye. In a major departure from industry standards, the Potter e-books aren’t locked with encryption, allowing consumers to share and read the books on multiple devices. In other words unlike a typical e-book, the same Potter e-book downloaded from Pottermore will work on Kindles, Nooks, iPads, smartphones, and more.

It’s a significant break with industry practice and it could provide the model that will undermine e-book dominator Amazon.

“I think it’s a very large crack in a dam that’s going to collapse in the next nine to twelve months,” Matteo Berlucchi, CEO of independent UK-based online bookstore aNobii, told the Northwest Indiana Times.

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