All the Harry Potter ebooks are now on subscription site Oyster

Harry Potter OysterThe seven Harry Potter books, plus three spin-off titles, are now available through the ebook subscription site Oyster. The company says Harry Potter has been in its top-ten searches since launch. The Harry Potter series is also available in Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, so the differentiator here is the spin-offs — Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard — plus a few promotions that Oyster is running around the titles.

J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore adds ebook gifting and new book

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter community site and digital bookstore Pottermore.com now lets users gift ebooks and digital audiobooks to other people. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a collection of stories, is now also available as an ebook for the first time.

Video: Pottermore CEO on taking Harry Potter digital

When it comes to selling e-books, the Harry Potter franchise is far from conventional: Pottermore has been selling JK Rowling’s Harry Potter e-books without digital rights protection. Why? Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne answers that and more in a paidContent 2012 interview with Laura Hazard Owen.

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Is E3 still a video game show? It depends on what you mean by “video game.” Video game consoles and portable devices are still very much at the heart of the annual trade show but much of this year’s show has been given over to highlighting their non-game capabilities. Microsoft in particular announced a host of new video streaming services for the Xbox 360 and a new mobile app that lets users mirror content from tablets and smartphones on their big-screen TV via the Xbox 360. It also unveiled a revamped music streaming service. Sony made news with a deal with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to write the first release for the PlayStation’s augmented-reality peripheral, Wonderbook. Given the power of Potter, that deal could not have come cheap for Sony. Even where games took center stage the biggest news related to titles that are increasingly cinematic and less…well, gamey. Changes to the show could come as soon as next year, particularly if its forced to leave LA.