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Pre-orders for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" exceed half a million

One month before the release of the sixth volume in
J.K. Rowling's hugely successful
Harry Potter series, online retailer Amazon.com said that advance orders had topped the half-million mark.

A total of 568,000 copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" have been ordered online and at US syndicated store sites, such as Borders.com, Amazon said in a statement.

The online retailer has posted a "Harry Potter Meter" on its website which updates the number of advance orders every hour.MOre

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J.K. Rowling Refuses E-Books for Potter

Yahoo! News says anyone looking to read the book online, at least legally, should not even try. J.K. Rowling has not permitted any of the six Potter books to be released in electronic form, not even during the peak of the e-book craze a few years ago.Rowling's choice follows an industry trend. Young people are supposedly more open to new technology, but the e-book market works in an opposite way.

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Harry Potter Book Six Marketing

Salt Lake Tribune - Business asks How do you market something that's already so popular it doesn't need marketing? Answer: any way you want.
Or any way she wants, in the case of J.K. Rowling, whose sixth Harry Potter novel is due out next month. After just seven years, the Harry series is on the short list of the greatest literary phenomena of all time, and shows no signs of flagging: In the U.S. alone, there are now roughly 103 million hardcover and paperback copies in print of the first five Harry Potter titles. Readers eager to buy the Half-Blood Prince have already pushed the book to the top-selling position on Amazon.com Inc.'s Web site and on Barnes And Noble Inc.'s retail Web site.

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JK wins bid to silence Potter book accused

From The Scotsman uthor JK Rowling has won a court battle to stop two men leaking details of her eagerly-awaited latest book after a dramatic operation to recover two stolen copies.

The book, due to be published on July 16, was offered to two national newspapers.

Edinburgh resident Rowling was granted a High Court injunction against the men, aged 19 and 37, after they were accused of trying to sell printed copies of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Spokesmen for The Sun and the Daily Mirror said both had been contacted by someone claiming to have copies of the new book.

The newspapers said they each planned to meet the man in Kettering, Northants, to ensure the books were returned to the publishers.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said they arrested two men after being contacted about the book.

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1 library to get 1st U.S. copy of new 'Harry Potter' book

One lucky American library is going to be able to cast a spell on its readers by displaying the first American edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, signed by author J.K. Rowling. The book is the top prize in a sweepstakes from Scholastic Inc., the American publisher of the series about the boy wizard.

The contest is open to every public library in all 50 states, with mailed entries due by June 30. The winning library will be selected and notified July 1, but will have to keep the news quiet for the next two weeks. On July 15, representatives from the library will be presented with the signed book in New York. They will have to wait until 12:01 a.m. on July 16, the official release date of the book, to take permanent possession of it.

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Men named Harry Potter tell their stories

Do you think there is only one Harry Potter? Abebooks has discovered there are hundreds of Harry Potters around the globe. Abebooks.com Richard Davies tracked down and spoke to a few of them - here are their stories.

Come back on July 8th to vote for your favorite Harry Potter!

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'Stolen' Potter book pair charged

The Beed Reports Two men have been charged with weapons offences after they were thought to be trying to sell a stolen copy of the new Harry Potter novel to a newspaper.

Police were called to Tresham Street in Kettering, Northants, on Friday morning after reports a weapon had been fired.

They said a person "in possession of firearms" had tried to sell a copy of the Potter book, due out next month. The pair have been released on bail.

The Sun newspaper said it had intended to obtain the book and inform police.

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Two Men Arrested in Harry Potter Theft

Two men near London were arrested after trying to sell two stolen copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to reporters from two British newspapers.

The sixth and newest Harry Potter adventure has sparked massive interest since author J.K. Rowling revealed a major character will be killed in the book.

With a flood of bets in late May that it was *********** who would die, many bookmakers suspended betting, suspecting that information had been leaked.

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Charlotte Church : Pope in the bad books

Charlotte Church Is Quoted in the Herald and Weekly Times as saying "I'm from a Catholic family. But I don't like this new pope,""He even wants to ban Harry Potter! He says it is because of witchcraft and other bad stuff."

And the singer, who has read every Potter book, says the pontiff should read them before judging. "If he bothered to sit down and read it he'd understand the morals of it."

But former cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is adamant Potter is evil -- despite his predecessor, John Paul II, praising author JK Rowling for helping children understand the difference between good and evil.

In even more interesting Harry news, Two men have been arrested after shots were fired during what was thought to be a newspaper deal to buy a stolen copy of the new Harry Potter novel. The Beeb Has More, apparently The Sun newspaper said it was intending to obtain the book and inform police.

A spokesman for The Sun said the paper had been approached by someone claiming to have a copy of JK Rowling's latest novel.

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Signed Harry to one lucky library

Katie writes "Apparently one lucky library will be the recipient of a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince thanks to a Scholastic contest due to be announced on June 1st. Yahoo! story"

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