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Amazon Kindle lending library gets Harry Potter series

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by Stephanie Mlot, 20 Jun 2012News

Almost as exciting as receiving an owl-delivered invitation to Hogwarts, Amazon.com has brought all seven Harry Potter books to its Kindle lending library.

The online retailer teased last month that the books would be hitting digital shelves by the end of June, for those with an Amazon Prime membership, which allows access to the Kindle Owner's Lending Library. With more than 145,000 available books, the online library now includes the boy-wizard series, available in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish, according to Amazon.

"Nowhere else can customers borrow any of the seven Harry Potter books for free, with an unlimited supply of each title and no waiting list," Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content, said in a statement.

Amazon purchased an exclusive license from the official Harry Potter website, Pottermore, where the e-books are available for purchase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Amazon and Pottermore are currently the only two avenues to legally download Rowling's e-books.

Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which launched in November, ensures that users are never forced into due dates, and can borrow books as frequently as once a month, with limitless copies available and no wait.

For those pining to load tales of Harry and his friends on your e-reader, but don't have an Amazon Prime subscription, Pottermore prices the books at £4.99 each for the first three novels, and £6.99 for the rest. The complete collection is available online for £38.64. Digital audio versions are also up for grabs.

Harry Potter isn't the only new kid on the Amazon block. Last week, the company released updates for its Kindle iOS and Android apps, adding support for children's books, comics and graphic novels, including titles like Brown Bear and Curious George, as well as Batman and Superman comics.

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