|Amazon Customers Save More Than $50 Million on ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows''|
With 2.223 Million Pre-Orders, Final Harry Potter Book Becomes
Largest Single-Product Delivery Event in Company's History
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 2007--Just hours before the most anticipated book release in history, Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced that as of midnight, July 19, it has received more than 2.223 million pre-orders of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" on its Web sites worldwide, eclipsing the previous pre-order record of 1.5 million held by the sixth book in the epic Harry Potter series. On Amazon.com alone, the company received a record 1.41 million pre-orders making the book the company's largest new product release ever. Amazon estimates its customers will save more than $50 million worldwide on the purchase of the book when factoring in savings from the book's discounted price, the $5 promotional certificate offered on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and free shipping.
In the largest single-product distribution in Amazon.com's history, more than 1.3 million copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will arrive on the doorsteps of millions of Muggles across the country tomorrow--the first day the book is available to the public. Amazon.com offered this guaranteed Saturday delivery option to customers for the same price as Standard shipping, and Saturday delivery was free for Amazon Prime members. Amazon's Web sites serving the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Canada also will delight hundreds of thousands of customers with release-date delivery on Saturday, July 21.
"After months of unprecedented anticipation, we are thrilled to delight our customers with the release-date delivery of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' at such a significant savings," said Greg Greeley, vice president of books at Amazon.com. "We are humbled that so many customers from around the world trust Amazon to deliver the most anticipated book in history. To all of our global customers--thank you."
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" became available for pre-order on February 1, 2007, kicking off months of Potter-mania on Amazon.com. Additionally:
-- Falls Church, VA was declared the "Harry-est Town" in America. Residents of Falls Church ordered more copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" from Amazon.com per capita than in any other town in America. As a prize, Amazon.com donated a $5,000 Amazon.com gift certificate to The Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust of Falls Church. (see www.amazon.com/harrypotter for a full list of Harry-est Towns and States) -- Amazon's top three new product releases of all time are, in order, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Book Six) and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Book Five). Each set Amazon records for the number of advance copies ordered, both on www.amazon.com and cumulatively on Amazon's retail Web sites worldwide. -- The 1.41 million books pre-ordered on Amazon.com weigh more than 1,750 tons. That is equal to nearly eight Statues of Liberty or nearly 10 of the new, fully-loaded Boeing 787 Dreamliners. -- Amazon's U.S. fulfillment centers processed approximately 18 tons of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" per hour and are shipping to more than 43,000 zip codes across the country. -- Across all of its seven web sites, Amazon will ship to more than 160 countries around the world. -- On its busiest pre-order day, Amazon.com took more than 1.75 pre-orders of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" per second. About Amazon.com
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