In case you haven’t already heard (and if you haven’t then what rock have you been living under?), the next HP book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is due to hit shelves on June 21st.
The announcement was made on January 15th and just two days later it is already topping best seller lists and it’s not even out yet.
Online book store Amazon.com made J.K. Rowling’s long-awaited sequel available for pre-order almost immediately after the announcement, without listing a price. Two hours later the book was the top seller on the site, Reuters said.
While Amazon.com did not release pre-order numbers, Reuters reported that the first-day figures were 100 times those of the last book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which set a record for the largest book pre-order in history at more than 400,000 orders prior to its release three years ago.—SciFi Wire
Barnes & Noble is also reporting a god-awful number of pre-orders and is already saying their stores will be open until Midnight on June 20th so that fans can purchase the book as early as possible. When was the last time you’ve heard of a bookstore staying open to midnight to please the fans of a new release? And here I was thinking Potter Mania had died down somewhat. J.K. Rowling could probably sneeze into a tissue and make several million dollars off of it at this point.