Those worried that Kindle owners might be left out in the cold by Google’s partnership with Pottermore for Harry Potter e-books no longer need worry. On PaidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that an Amazon spokesperson told them that Amazon is working with Pottermore, too.
Indeed, Owens reminds readers, Rowling said from the first mention of Pottermore’s e-book sales that she would be making the e-books available in as many DRM-free (albeit watermarked) formats as possible, so everyone would be able to read them in their own format of choice. Just because there have been a number of prominent exclusive e-publishing deals lately is no reason to assume they all will be.
Owen closes with speculation as to whether the Harry Potter e-book deal means Amazon is going to have to start supporting EPUB for the Kindle, rather than selling in the Kindle’s “exclusive format.” She writes, “The former seems more likely since there have also been rumors that the Harry Potter e-books will be DRM-less.”
Apparently she is unaware that it is perfectly feasible to publish DRM-free Kindle-compatible titles now, as it has been ever since before the Kindle launched. It’s called “MobiPocket”—and given how many other readers and applications still use or can use the format, it’s almost certain to be on offer along with every other format from Pottermore. And Amazon has, more recently, proven amenable to publishing DRM-free titles through its own store.