Big Sale On Harry Potter! Online retailer Amazon.com and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have slashed nearly 50 percent off the book's $34.99 list price, forcing many independent booksellers to follow suit to stay competitive. Wwith widespread discounting biting a gigantic chunk out of any potential profits, many booksellers are not enthused about its release. And for smaller, independent book stores, the discounting makes for a hard calculation.
"The bookselling trade has lost millions by having to discount Harry Potter as heavily as they do," said Caroline Horn, children's editor at Bookseller, a British trade magazine.
After losing her latest battle to keep Harry Potter books out of the classroom, a Loganville mother on Tuesday said she may start a new case in federal court.
Laura Mallory, who has challenged the use of the books in schools since 2005, said she was not surprised by Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor's decision to uphold the Gwinnett County Board of Education's ruling.
"I've done the best I can by myself," said Mallory, who argued her case without an attorney. "Perhaps we need a whole new case built from the ground up."
The Wall Street Journal reports on publishers efforts to squeeze the Harry lemon dry; works of non-fiction such as "The Making of the Potterverse: A Month-by-Month Look at Harry's First 10 Years" by Edward Gross, and George Beahm's "Muggles and Magic: An Unofficial Guide to J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon."
On July 21, titles that speculate on the series's ending will be "worm food in the landfill," according to John Granger, author of "Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader."
Indie bookstores say they might end up buying their stock of the final Harry Potter book from Amazon.com if their price beats the publishers, Scholastic. Publishers Weekly's Claire Kirch reports.
News: The final Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling will have a record breaking, back-breaking first printing of 12 million copies, Scholastic, Inc., announced.
And, for those who somehow don't know about Potter 7, Scholastic also plans a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign in support of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which comes out July 21.
The Scholastic campaign is called "There Will Soon Be 7" and will feature a Knight Bus National Tour, stopping at 40 libraries in 10 "major metropolitan areas" and millions of Potter bookmarks, easel backs and tattoos.
37 Lucky Libraries Across the Country To Host the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour: Scholastic, the global
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library tour schedule for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight
Bus Tour. The Knight Bus, based on the unique triple-decker bus described
in the Harry Potter books, will launch on June 1, 2007 from New York City
and will travel to 37 libraries across the country over a seven-week period
ending back in New York at Scholastic headquarters to kick off the release
of the seventh and final book in the series at 12:01a.m. on July 21, 2007.
Search-Engines writes "picture shows a dramatic gold and orange sky and a teenage boy in glasses reaching upward? It's the cover to the seventh and final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," coming out July 21. As always, the cover was designed by illustrator Mary GrandPre, U.S. publisher Scholastic, Inc., announced Wednesday Yahoo News Is One Place To See It"
Yahoo! News: Publisher Scholastic Corp. said on Wednesday it would release a record-breaking 12 million copies for the first U.S. printing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which hits stores on July 21.
"Harry Potter" books have sold 325 million copies and have been translated into 64 languages. The series has spawned four feature films. A fifth film based on the fifth installment, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," will reach theaters a week ahead of the new book's arrival.
- New York Times: "Equus" opened last week, and the consensus so far is that Daniel Radcliffe has successfully extricated himself from his cinematic alter ego, Harry Potter.
Mr. Radcliffe told The Telegraph that "I thought it would be a bad idea to wait till the Potter films were all finished to do something else." There are still a few to go. The fifth, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," is scheduled for release on July 13, and Mr. Radcliffe has signed on for the final two installments as well. (Meanwhile, the seventh and last book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will hit stores on July 21.)
Potter author sues eBay over pirate booksIn fiction his enemies are evil wizards and magical beasts, but Harry Potter's latest adversary is a real corporation with a turnover of more than $2 billion.
J. K. Rowling, Harry's creator, is suing the online auction hosting service eBay after unscrupulous sellers used the Indian version of the website to sell unauthorised versions of her books.
Rowling is not the first person to sue the website for breach of copyright, but she has won a unique victory by obtaining an injunction that prohibits eBay from listing illegal copies of her work. The court order is a setback for eBay because it is the first time the company has been obliged to police its sellers regarding auctions for copyrighted material.