|ADVISORY/Amazon Receives More Than 1.3 Million Advance Orders for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" at Its Web Sites Worldwide|
WHAT: It's just hitting the streets today, but "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth book in the captivating Harry Potter series, is already Amazon.com's largest new product release ever and is shattering records on Amazon's Web sites worldwide.
JUNE 21 - THE BIG DAY: In the U.S., Amazon.com has teamed with FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service to deliver "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" to excited fans across the country today -- the first day the book is available to the public. In what is expected to produce the largest distribution event of any single item in e-commerce history, Amazon.com offered this special delivery, at no additional cost, to customers who selected Standard shipping when ordering the book.
Amazon also offered release-date delivery to its customers of www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.de through Canada Post, the Royal Mail and Deutsche Post, respectively.
GET HOURLY UPDATES: Amazon.com's "Harry Potter Meter," viewable on the Books store home page, tracks the approximate number of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" books ordered from the Amazon.com site and from syndicated store sites, such as Borders.com, but excludes all third-party seller arrangements. The Harry Potter Meter is updated frequently but is not adjusted for items ordered that are subsequently canceled. The Harry Potter Meter should not be viewed or used as a predictor or indicator of revenue or other financial information relating to Amazon.com. To see the Harry Potter Meter, visit www.amazon.com/books or go to www.amazon.com and click on the "Books" tab.
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Note about Amazon.com's Advance Orders for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix":
Advance orders placed to-date on www.amazon.com include orders from the online retailer's co-branded Web sites with Borders.com and Waldenbooks.com, but exclude orders from all other third-party seller arrangements. Advance orders to-date from Amazon worldwide include, in addition to the aforementioned U.S. advance orders, advance orders for the English-language version of the book placed on Amazon's five internationally-focused sites (www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.co.jp and www.amazon.ca), as well as Waterstones.co.uk and Virginmega.co.jp.
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