Google E-Books Gain Momentum with ‘Harry Potter’ Deal

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Of all the literature missing from the e-book realm, the omission of the Harry Potter series was seen by many as the most egregious. And for good reason.

The mega-franchise that redefined the outer parameters of mega-franchises not only made series author J.K. Rowling a bona fide billionaire, but it’s responsible for creating entire literary subcultures devoted to keeping the magic of Hogwarts alive. To say that fans can’t get enough of Harry and his crew is a severe understatement.

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So when Rowling announced her newest venture, Pottermore, plenty of fans were pleased that the series was finally (or at least legally) making its way to e-readers. In a blog post from Wednesday, the folks over at Google made it known that when Harry Potter e-books go on sale this coming fall, they’ll be available on Google’s new open e-book platform, which lets you store your e-books in the cloud to use across multiple devices (see the video above).

“Google eBooks can be read on most devices with a modern browser, through the Google Books apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and on more than 80 eReaders,” writes Larissa Fontaine, who works on New Business Development for Google.

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Chris Gayomali is a writer-reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @chrigz, on Facebook, or on Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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