With 100 days to go before the July 21st publication date, pre-orders for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have broken all records with the largest numbers of pre-orders for any book in its history. Barnes & Noble has received more than 500,000 pre-orders and expects this number to surpass one million. The book has been ranked number one on Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com) since it became available for pre-order on February 1, 2007.
Thousands of Harry Potter fans are currently participating in Barnes & Noble.com’s “Waiting for Harry” book club (www.bn.com/bookclubs). The lively conversations share fans’ forecasts, predictions, and questions about what’s in store. Throughout April, George Beahm, author of Muggles and Magic and Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter’s World, will also join in the discussions. The “Harry by the Month” book club discusses a different Harry Potter book each month leading up to the July release of the final book in the series.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will sell for $20.99, 40 percent off the list price of $34.99. Barnes & Noble Members can buy the book for $18.89, a savings of 46 percent. The deluxe edition and compact disc and audiocassettes for the unabridged book will also be available. Customers can order the book at any Barnes & Noble store or at Barnes & Noble.com at www.bn.com/harrypotter.
As with previous Harry Potter releases, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host events celebrating the new book’s publication on Friday, July 20th, remaining open past 12:01AM Saturday when the book goes officially on sale.