"Scholastic did a very good job planning this," says one printing executive. "So many [publishers of] blockbusters wait for the last minute."
One thing that printers say is not exceptional about this run: Security. Despite that strange incident in an English field last week and Scholastic's famously copious attention to avoiding leaks, American printers say they haven't imposed any extra measures at their plants nor have they required employees to sign
non-disclosure agreements. "We haven't erected any special fences," says Jerry Allee of Quebecor. "The key to good security often is just fast turnaround."
It should be noted that not everyone involved with Potter security is quite so levelheaded. A story in London's Independent today described the injunction obtained by Bloomsbury against a defendant in the field incident as the "kind that one would normally expect to be used to prevent disclosure of nuclear secrets by renegade MI5 agents."