What You Should Have Read, July 23, 2007

Sales Records for Last 'Harry Potter' Book

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Harry Potter U.S. Sales Set Record, Scholastic Says
Bloomberg reports that J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," sold a record 8.3 million copies in the U.S. on its first day, publisher Scholastic Corp. said. The company released 12 million copies at 12:01 a.m. July 21, the biggest initial printing for a book about the boy wizard. Customers at Borders Group, the second-largest U.S. bookseller, bought 1.2 million of the books, the highest single-day sales of any title in the company's history. Advance orders for the book reached more than 2.2 million copies at Amazon.com, the world's biggest online retailer, and more than 1.3 million at Barnes & Noble, a record for both retailers. Amazon said today it delivered almost 1.3 million copies on July 21 in its largest single-product distribution.

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