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Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix jumps to No. 1 on's Books Bestseller List Within Two Hours of Becoming Available for Pre-order

SEATTLE--Jan. 15, 2003-- Just hours after it was announced that the long-awaited fifth book in J.K. Rowling's spell-binding Harry Potter series will be published on June 21, 2003, (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced that customers can, effective immediately, place orders for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) to ensure that they receive their copies when the book becomes available. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix has already jumped to No. 1 on's Books bestseller list.

Scholastic has not yet set the price for the 255,000-word book, but customers can reserve their copies now. will sell Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 40 percent off the retail price.

More than two years after the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the bestselling Harry Potter series and's largest book pre-order ever, Muggles everywhere can now go to and, without leaving their home or office, ensure that they'll be among the first to receive a copy of this wildly anticipated book when it hits the shelves in June. More than 600,000 customers -- nearly 1.5 times the number of customers who pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) -- have signed up to be notified as soon as the fifth book becomes available for pre-order.

"Our customers are loyal and rabid Harry Potter fans, and we are delighted to offer them the simplest, most convenient way to reserve their copies immediately," said Steve Kessel, vice president of's Books, Music, Video and DVD business. "By pre-ordering now, they will be among the first to receive the book when it's released in June, and they will save 40 percent in the process."

Highlights of Harry Potter Mania

In recent years Harry Potter has dominated's bestseller lists across several categories, and the frenzy shows no signs of waning. Harry Potter sales highlights include:

  • Books: Five Harry Potter books were among's bestselling books of 2001, including two Harry Potter schoolbooks: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them at No. 2; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) at No. 5; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) at No. 12; and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) at No. 14.

  • Pre-order Record: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) was's largest book pre-order in history with over 400,000 worldwide pre-orders -- more than eight times the advance orders placed for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3). accounted for nearly 10 percent of the print run for Book 4.

  • DVD: The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(TM) DVD, which was released on May 28, 2002, hit No. 1 on's DVD bestseller list within an hour of becoming available for pre-order in February 2002 and held the No. 1 spot for 16 weeks and was one of's bestselling DVDs in 2002.

  • VHS: The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(TM) video held the No. 1 spot on's Video bestseller list for 21 weeks after becoming available for pre-order in February 2002. It was also's bestselling video for 2002.

  • Worldwide Holiday Phenomenon: Harry Potter dominated the 2001 and 2002 holiday seasons at, with customers worldwide purchasing over 700,000 Harry Potter books and related products.

All the Latest Happenings in Potterville's dedicated Harry Potter store ( is a one-stop destination for all the latest Harry Potter news, information and merchandise. In addition to pre-ordering Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5), visitors to the store can browse Harry Potter-related products from across's online stores, including those operated with and, and stay current on all the latest in Potterville with a calendar of Harry Potter events.

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