Harry Potter Book 7 sets online pre-sale record

5 07 2007

The seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has become online retailer Amazon’s most pre-ordered product, with almost 1.6 million copies bought globally ahead of the book’s release on July 21.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Amazon said on Monday that demand for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” passed the previous record of 1.5 million copies ordered online before the release of the previous book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”.

The retailer predicted that the number of orders for the seventh book would rise by “many more hundreds of thousands of copies.”

Harry Potter is published by Bloomsbury in Britain and distributed in the United States by Scholastic Corp.

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