Submitted by birdie on July 12, 2005 - 5:26pm
Submitted by birdie on July 12, 2005 - 2:18pm
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.
Submitted by birdie on July 12, 2005 - 1:15pm
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.
Submitted by rochelle on July 11, 2005 - 2:04am
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.
Submitted by birdie on July 7, 2005 - 11:34pm
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..."
Submitted by Blake on July 5, 2005 - 10:53pm
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.
Submitted by rochelle on July 3, 2005 - 9:17pm
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."
Submitted by birdie on July 1, 2005 - 8:35pm
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."
Submitted by Blake on June 27, 2005 - 8:19pm
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!
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2005 - 2:39am
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.
Submitted by Blake on June 17, 2005 - 5:34pm
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."
Submitted by Blake on June 16, 2005 - 12:06am
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
Submitted by Blake on June 15, 2005 - 2:47pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on June 7, 2005 - 8:23pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on June 6, 2005 - 1:07am
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.
Submitted by Blake on June 5, 2005 - 4:27pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on June 5, 2005 - 4:03pm
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!
Submitted by Blake on June 5, 2005 - 3:56pm
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.
Submitted by rochelle on June 4, 2005 - 3:29am
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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Submitted by Blake on June 3, 2005 - 7:30pm
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.