Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will have a first printing of 6.8 million copies in the US, the largest ever for a general interest hardcover:
- Rowling’s last installment, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” became the fastest-selling book in history, selling 3 million copies within 48 hours in 2000. Scholastic went back to press for an additional 3 million copies immediately.
To meet demand from fans who have waited for three years for the latest book, Scholastic said in a statement that it will use between three and five different printers with multiple plants.
Children and adults have devoured the series of books about the adventures of wizards, witches and muggles, or those without magical powers, since the first one, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” was released in September 1998.
The four Harry Potter books published by Scholastic in the United States have sold a total of nearly 80 million copies in hardcover and paperback.
Scholastic said in a statement that it will price the latest book at $29.95. It weighs in at a whopping 896 pages, compared with 752 pages for the last book, which cost $25.95. [Reuters]
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