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A Hairy Moment...Fourteen Harrys Sold in Error

Canada.com brings us the story of how a bookseller in Coquitlam inadvertantly (so they say) sold fourteen copies of the new Harry Potter.

Raincoast Books won a B.C. Supreme Court injunction Saturday that forbids copying or disclosing any part of the book before 12.01 a.m., July 16.

Geoff Wilson, a spokesman for the Loblaw Companies Ltd., said an employee at its Great Canadian Superstore subsidiary accidentally sold the copies without being aware of a worldwide publicity machine that demands intense security around the book.

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Natl. Library of Scotland Falls under Harry's Latest Spell

Story from the Scotsman .

Scottish national librarian Martyn Wade, said: "I am delighted that JK Rowling has signed and donated the first copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the National Library of Scotland.

"The Harry Potter books continue to enthrall readers of all ages across the world, and we are delighted to add this special copy to the library, which is located close to where Harry Potter was written, and lies in the heart of the first UNESCO City of Literature.

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Teenage Potter Fan Wins Rowling Interview

Owen Jones, 14 from Cardiff (UK) won a chance to interview JK Rowling just days before the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Jones won the opportunity on a quiz show and will be the only person, fan or journalist, to have a one-on-one with Rowling before the book's release. More here from BBCNews.

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Fans Urged To Buy Recycled Potter

JET writes "The BeeB reports that

"Environmentalists are urging US Harry Potter fans to buy copies of book six from Canada, where it is being printed on recycled paper".

...or even more environmentally responsible would be to check a copy out from the library if you are truly concerned about using too much of the paper supply - from recycled or virgin sources..."

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Test for Security Efforts: Next Harry Potter Book Book 6

The New York Times covers some of the madness surrounding Book Six. The security plans are in place, the delivery efforts are under way and lawyers are standing by in case any copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" go astray before 12:01 a.m. on July 16, the official time of release for the latest installment in the J. K. Rowling series.

Steve Riggio, the chief executive of Barnes & Noble, said the company expected to sell 50,000 of the new Harry Potter book per hour in the first 24 hours after its release. "Less than 1 percent of all books published sell that many copies in a lifetime," he said.

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Mums the Word about Harry

Although there are people who know all about the next JK Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, their lips are sealed. More from the Cincinnati Enquirer. Talking about HP security at Amazon.com, Kristin Mariani, head of public relations says:

"There are only a few entry points and those are guarded 24/7. Only people with special badges can get in. And they have to show their badge when they enter and leave."
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Harry Helps Kids Learn New Words

Your Name writes "Harry Potter and lots of other characters from children's classics, old and new, are helping kids learn the meaning of new words.

A new edition of The Oxford Primary Dictionary, due out later this month, features hundreds of quotes from books by authors including JK Rowling, Philip Pullman, Roald Dahl and CS Lewis. It's using Harry Potter and other top kids' book titles to help children with reading and writing...here's an example: puzzling words like 'insolent' - meaning rude and insulting - are explained, in this case using Potter's rival Draco Malfoy as an example."

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Man in court over Potter thefts

All the really intersting LIS-News seems to have dried up this week, it's almost like the entire world is at ALA. BBC NEWS Reports a Northants man has appeared before magistrates charged with handling two stolen Harry Potter books. Got something better to report? Let Us Know!

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Potter craze goes back to the basics

Sad news for compulsive shoppers. Associated Press Reports as publication nears for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, expect some of the usual midnight madness and at least one new twist: less Potter merchandise.

"We've got Harry Potter pens and bookmarks, and a few of those types of things. But that's really it. There definitely will not be as much as the last time,'' says Beth Bingham, a spokeswoman for the superstore chain Borders Group, Inc.

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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."

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