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    Vermont, Utah and Washington Are the "Harry-est States" but the
             District of Columbia Beats Out All 50 states

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 16, 2007--After months of tracking pre-orders of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," (NASDAQ:AMZN) today revealed the "Harry-est town" in the country: Falls Church, Va. Residents of Falls Church placed more orders of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" per capita than any other town in America. As a result of Falls Church's "Harryness," is donating a $5,000 gift certificate to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust of Falls Church.

"We are honored to win the Harry-est Town in America title," said City of Falls Church Mayor Robin S. Gardner. "Our small-town community places great importance on education and reading, and it's no surprise that we have a wealth of Harry Potter fans of all ages. We're grateful to for this generous gift that will further encourage the value of books and imagination in our community."

Falls Church beat out Gig Harbor, Wash., and two other Virginia towns -- Fairfax and Vienna -- with Katy, Texas rounding out the top five. Media, Pa.; Issaquah, Wash.; Snohomish, Wash.; Doylestown, Pa.; and Fairport, N.Y. completed the 10 Harry-est towns.

To determine the winner, used the most recent U.S. Census data and included all U.S. towns and cities with a population of more than 5,000 people.

While there was no prize at stake, the "Harry-est State" list showed that Vermont was the "Harry-est State" on a per capita basis. However, the District of Columbia led all 50 states, showing that even the nation's politicians have Harry Potter fever. A full list of the Harry-est towns and states can be found at

"We are a happy Harry-est group here at the Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust, and delighted to learn that the magic of will touch us," said Chester W. De Long, treasurer and trustee of the Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust. "The 11,000 plus citizens of Falls Church, waving their 10,139 library cards, have won the ultimate game of Quidditch. This donation will help keep the library as a center of excellence, encouraging our youth to be avid readers."

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to providing supplementary support to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library in Falls Church. Through public donations, the Foundation works closely with the Library Director and the Library Board of Trustees to identify unmet needs of the library, and provide services to the public.

"The growing anticipation and enthusiasm for the release of this final installment is truly phenomenal," said Greg Greeley, vice president of books at "We're thrilled to proclaim Falls Church the 'Harry-est Town' in America and to donate an gift certificate to the Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust that benefits all residents of the community."

With less than one week remaining until Muggles everywhere can experience the magic of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," has sold nearly 1.3 million copies of the final book. Customers in the U.S. still have the opportunity for Release-Date Delivery of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." For all orders placed by Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at 12:00 p.m. EDT using standard shipping or better (including Amazon Prime), will guarantee delivery of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" on its release date of Saturday, July 21, to all addresses within the lower 48 states, or the cost of the book will be refunded.

To place an order for the book and to explore's entire selection of Harry Potter products -- including books, DVDs, computer and video games, journals and stationery, and more -- visit

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