Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Final Harry Potter Book Getting 12 Million Copy First Printing

And they'll almost all be sold within a week, I bet. That's more than the 10.8 million first printing for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." This refers to the US alone, of course. No word yet what the world-wide first printing total will be, but 25 million seems a safe bet. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" comes out July 21 of course.
And not a moment too soon: booksellers report that retail sales have dropped for seven months in a row. (Mind you, they'll discount the book so heavily that they won't make too much money on it anyway. Plus, everyone will line up at midnight to buy it so there won't be much spillover into other titles. People are in line talking about who they think is gonna die, not browsing the aisles to find other books to buy.)

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