Harry Potter and the gilded book launch - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Books - A&E


Anonymous Patron writes "The Numbers Are Staggering.

The July 15 midnight launch of J.K. Rowling's sixth novel, ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," will be the largest book introduction in US history. By comparison, when Alfred A. Knopf brought out Bill Clinton's autobiography last year, it was a certified Big Deal, with a first printing of 1.5 million books. Earlier this year, Doubleday printed 2.8 million copies of John Grisham's novel ''The Broker."
But in the land of Hogwarts, those numbers are as small as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart's harp-wielding dwarves. For Rowling's last novel, published in 2003, Scholastic printed 6.8 million copies, and it wasn't nearly enough. That print run reached 9.3 million, the largest in US history, the publisher says. For ''Half-Blood Prince," the company plans to have 10.8 million copies ready for Harry's American fans alone."