Amazon announced today that beginning on June 19, all seven Harry Potter books will be available to borrow through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. This includes eBook editions in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
According to a press release, Amazon has purchased an exclusive right to lend these titles through Kindles. “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,” stated Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
OverDrive is already lending eBook and audio versions of the seven books in the Harry Potter collection through its library partners. This week, Good eReader reported that, “all of the Harry Potter books account for 64% of the top Juvenile Fiction eBook and Audiobook titles downloaded in April,” from OverDrive.
This Amazon deal will not change the OverDrive distribution. David Burleigh, director of marketing at OverDrive said via email,”We view this news as good news, as another author/publisher sees lending eBooks as a way to maximize exposure and connect with readers. OverDrive has an exclusive distribution agreement with Pottermore to provide Harry Potter eBooks and audiobooks into libraries and schools worldwide, and this is not affected by the Amazon news.”
The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is a free benefit to Amazon Prime members, giving them the ability to check out one free eBook a month from a selection of more than 145,000 books.
THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED TO INCLUDE COMMENTS FROM OVERDRIVE.