The NY TImes Reports Harry Potter, books by religious leaders and textbooks for elementary and high school students were the bright spots in publishing last year, according to a report to be released today by the Book Industry Study Group, a publishing trade association.
Publishers generated net revenue of $34.6 billion in 2005, up 5.9 percent from the previous year, according to the report. The industry sold about 3.1 billion books last year, up 3.8 percent from a year earlier.
Fans of the popular "Harry Potter" novels lined up outside bookstores on Wednesday, eager to get their hands on the latest installment in the series as it went on sale in Japan.
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is the sixth and latest installment in British author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The books have appeared on shelves in some 150 countries and regions and sold a total of more than 300 million copies.
The Harry Potter series has been voted Australian children's favourite read in a poll of more than 23,000 readers. Children aged five to 17 were asked to nominate their favourite book in the Angus & Robertson poll, with 60,000 votes received from more than 23,000 children in one month.
In the fight to stay on the shelves of Gwinnett County schools, it looks like Harry Potter has won another battle.
The hearing officer in the case has strongly recommended that the best-selling book series stay in school libraries. The decision came after Laura Mallory, a Loganville mother with three children at J.C. Magill Elementary School, filed formal complaints requesting all the Harry Potter books be removed. More At gwinnettdailypost.com
Laura Mallory wants to put an Avada Kedavra curse on the Harry Potter book series.
The working mother of four admits she's never read any of the six books published thus far in the seven-book series by J.K. Rowling. The books are "too long" (book five alone was 870 pages) and she works a part-time job, Mallory writes on her "appeal form for instructional materials." She hasn't read them, yet she wants them off the shelves of the Gwinnett County Public School system libraries. Gwinnett Daily Post - Griffin,GA has the rest of this one, it gets funnier.
Once, Bloomsbury was a small, well-respected, independent publisher. Now, thanks to JK Rowling's phenomenal success, it has more money than it knows how to spend. But are the Potter millions distorting the British book trade? And does the publisher risk losing its soul? Matt Seaton reports
London-based Bloomsbury Publishing moved into the digital era Tuesday, launching its first 24 digital downloads after a year in which boy wizard Harry Potter helped boost profits by 24 percent.
"Our first 24 titles went up an hour ago, and it's a very exciting initiative, because although it's not a big area now, it will be in the future," Chairman Nigel Newton said. "We want to stake out our territory," he added.
You can Rest Easy Now. JK Rowling, author of the internationally successful Harry Potter series, said the seventh and final book about the schoolboy wizard "is coming along nicely" as she won Britain's Book of the Year award.
Her sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, received the accolade at the British Book Awards on Wednesday night, beating one on Italian cuisine, a comic view of today's world and a music promoter's autobiography.
Proving that her boy wizard hasn't lost his magic, J.K. Rowling's ``Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,'' won the WHSmith Book of the Year prize at the 17th annual British Book Awards.
Alan Bennett, 71, the actor, author and playwright renowned for his deadpan wit, was named Reader's Digest Author of the Year.
Rowling and Bennett were among a dozen authors to be honored at a swanky, televised dinner for 1,200 guests at London's serene Grosvenor House hotel. Lauren Bacall, Richard E. Grant, and other book-loving celebrities presented the gold trophies, shaped like the nib of a fountain pen and giving the awards their nickname, the ``Nibbies.''
The Telegrpah quotes Author J.K. Rowling as saying her mother's death while she was writing the
Harry Potter books led her to make her hero suffer the death of his own parents.
This year, she will finish writing the Harry Potter series. The final chapter sits, already written, in her safe. A new children's book is also complete. It is about a monster and is what Rowling calls a "political fairy story". It is aimed at children younger than those who read Harry Potter. "I haven't even told my publisher about this." There are also some short stories already written.