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<< Back Offers ``Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' for Immediate Pre-Order; The Sixth Installment in the Harry Potter Series Scheduled for Release on July 16, 2005
    SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 21, 2004--

   Customers can Order Now at and Receive a 40% Discount (Nasdaq:AMZN) ( today announced that customers can, effective immediately, place orders for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Book 6) to ensure that they receive their copies when it becomes available. is offering the book to customers for $17.99, a savings of 40 percent.

Harry Potter fans have been eagerly awaiting a release date for the sixth Harry Potter book since "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"--the fifth book in the series and's largest pre-order ever--was published in June 2003. Now, Muggles everywhere can go to and, without leaving their home or office, ensure they'll be among the first to receive a copy of this wildly anticipated book when it hits the shelves in July 2005.

"Amazon received more than 1.3 million advance orders for 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' worldwide, and we know that customers can't wait to start reading 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,'" said Greg Greeley, vice president of's North American Media Products division. "We are delighted to offer them the simplest, most convenient way to reserve their copies immediately and be among the first to receive the book when it's released in July--as well as save 40 percent in the process."

To place an order for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," visit 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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