Whether you side with Hufflepuff or Slytherin, it sucked that you could only get Harry Potter ebooks from a special service called Pottermore… until now. The company has is now selling these books for $9 on the Kindle and Nook and for a very interesting reason: the goblins at Gringotts realized Pottermore didn’t have much money left.
Harry Potter ebooks have long been part of Kindle Unlimited but this move opens ebooks sales to new services.
Pottermore launched in 2012 as a digital home for all things Potter. Interestingly, its biggest parter was Sony, then quite active in the reader space. As The Digital Reader points out, the company licensed the branded, offered a Harry Potter-themed area in Playstation Home and gave away free Harry Potter ebooks with the Sony Reader.
Old Draco Malfoy must have gotten a Confundus Charm brewing over there because, after a while, Sony realized that it was hopeless to stem the tide of bigger ereaders and content plays. Sales dropped in March 2015 from £24.8 million to £7 million. The site suffered a loss of £6 million in 2015.
So give old Dobby his sock and strap on your House Cup because now you and yours can read Harry almost anywhere, including the Chamber of the Back Seat of the Minivan.