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Price Wars Round the World for Harry VI

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You can't get your hands on it (except you librarians and booksellers, but mum's the word), but it's getting cheaper and cheaper to acquire a copy of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" as we get closer to its release on July 16th.

Story from South Africa about reduced prices for Harry in a Cape Town chain store (where the as-yet-released title is called a 'loss leader'), as well as a world-wide round-up (Britain, US, UK, Canada) on cut-rate copies of the book.

And here, from today's copy of the Shelf-Awareness newsletter, a note from Australia about how you hear the book in its entirety FOR FREE:

    "Once Harry Potter goes on sale in Australia (at 9:01 a.m. local time Saturday), a Brisbane FM radio station will broadcast a reading of the book in its entirety. Celebrities, locals and Potter fans will take turns reading 10-minute passages of the book from in front of a Borders. The station received permission to do the reading from the Christopher Little agency, which required that the reading be continuous, for nonprofit use and not recorded."