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'Harry Potter' publisher sees magic in digital ink

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.

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JK Rowling says final Potter book 'coming along nicely'

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.

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Rowling's Sixth Potter Novel Named 'Book of the Year' in U.K.

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.''

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Harry Potter was born the day my mother died

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.

Rowling Beginning FINAL Harry Potter Book

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "For 2006 will be the year when I write the final book in the Harry Potter series," the British author wrote on her official website. On her website, she said she felt compelled to wrap up the gripping tale that has captured the imagination of millions of children and adults worldwide http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051228/ennew_afp/afp entertainmentbritain"

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Harry Potter Books Keep Kids Safe

British researchers report that they have found that the number of Muggle children visiting the emergency room in that country dropped by half on the summer weekends when new Harry Potter books were released. This study involved little magic. Gwilym and his colleagues reviewed the files of all children aged 7 to 15 (good reading ages) who attended their emergency department with musculoskeletal injuries over the summer months of a three-year period.

They then compared the number of emergency-room admissions on weekends a Harry Potter book had been released with admissions on surrounding weekends and on the same weekend in previous years.

Official 'Harry Potter' Book Hits Shelves In China

The pirated version has been around for months, but China has now distributed some 800,000 copies of an official Chinese edition of the latest Harry Potter book.

The English version of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was released in July and an unauthorized Chinese translation came out two weeks later. It had some missing paragraphs and got a couple of facts wrong. Impatient fans also posted their own translations online.

The new official version hit hundreds of Chinese bookstores on Saturday.

The official Xinhua News Agency reports that People's Literature Publishing House, the authorized publisher, used "a special kind of green paper as the cover and employed state-of-the art technology" in an attempt to thwart book pirates.

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Security man admits bid to sell stolen Potter book

Security man admits bid to sell stolen Potter book

A SECURITY guard who tried to sell stolen copies of the latest Harry Potter novel appeared in court yesterday, where he admitted theft and possessing an imitation firearm.

Aaron Lambert, 20, stole two copies of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince from the distribution centre where he worked in Corby, Northamptonshire, on 2 June this year, six weeks before JK Rowling's latest instalment in the Potter saga was due to be released.

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Author expelled after calling Harry Potter "gay"

Reuters Reports A British cleric and top-selling author of children's books was thrown out of a school where he said Harry Potter was "gay" during a talk to 12-year-olds. Reverend Graham Taylor, who penned the novel "Shadowmancer" which, like the tales of the famous boy wizard created by J.K. Rowling, centers on witchcraft and battling evil, got his marching orders after teachers accused him of homophobia.

"As for Harry Potter, well, he's not the only gay in the village," Taylor told children at Penair School in Truro, southwest England, referring to a catchphrase from the popular British comedy TV show "Little Britain."

Update: Reuters has withdrawn the original story. Now it's "School expels children's author for swearing." No gay angle in the revised version.

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Sales Of 'Potter' Books Top 300M

Global sales of Harry Potter books have surpassed 300 million, the agent for author J.K. Rowling said Tuesday.

Agent Christopher Little said the series reached the milestone following the publication of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth volume about the schoolboy wizard.

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