Sunday, July 22, 2007

Goodbye Harry Potter, the Economy Will Miss You

From the NYTimes:

In its first 24 hours on sale, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final installment in the wildly popular series by J.K. Rowling that officially went on sale at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, sold a record 8.3 million copies in the United States...

The estimate of first-day sales indicates that at an average selling price of about $20, Americans spent nearly $170 million for the book in one day. Many booksellers will make only slim profits on the book’s sales.

Mrs. F and I will be getting our "adult edition" from the UK hopefully by the end of the week. (No, there's no steamy scenes between Ron and Hermione -- just a different cover; plus, it's got all the British colloquialisms that might have been edited down for the US version.)