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'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Sets New Record at Amazon with More Than 1.4 Million Advance Orders Worldwide; Surpasses 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' as Amazon's Largest New Product Release Ever
    SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 12, (Nasdaq:AMZN):


With four days remaining before its July 16 release, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in the Harry Potter series, has already surpassed "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (Book 5) as Amazon's largest new product release ever.

The newest installment in J.K. Rowling's spellbinding Harry Potter series is breaking records at Amazon, with more than 1.4 million copies of the U.S. and U.K. editions of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Book 6) ordered to date on the company's retail Web sites worldwide, which include,,,, and More than 1.3 million copies of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" were ordered on Amazon's worldwide sites in advance of its June 21, 2003 release.

Amazon is also seeing unprecedented demand for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" on its U.S. Web site, More than 870,000 copies of the book have been ordered on the site to date, topping the record set by "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." received orders for more than 789,000 copies of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in advance of its June 21, 2003, release.

Fans can track the demand for the latest Harry Potter installment on the Web site right up until July 16 with's Harry Potter Meter, which reflects orders placed to date at for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."


To view the Harry Potter Meter, visit Books at

Delighting Muggles On July 16!

In the U.S., has teamed with UPS and the U.S. Postal Service to deliver "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to excited fans in approximately 29,000 zip codes across the country this Saturday, July 16, the first day the book is available to the public. offered this special delivery, at no additional cost, to customers who selected Standard Shipping when ordering the book.

Note about's Harry Potter Meter: The Harry Potter Meter tracks the approximate number of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" books ordered from the site and from U.S. syndicated store sites, such as, but excludes all third-party seller arrangements. The Harry Potter Meter is updated frequently but is not adjusted for ordered items 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

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