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Amazon Receives an Unprecedented 1.5 Million Advance Orders for ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' at Its Web Sites Worldwide; Executes Largest Single-Product Delivery Event in Company's History

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 16, 2005--With the release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the young wizard has once again shattered records at (NASDAQ: AMZN). As of midnight, July 15, more than 1.5 million copies of the book had been ordered on Amazon's retail Web sites worldwide, and more than 919,000 copies ordered on, making the book the company's largest new product release ever.

In the largest single-product distribution in's history "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will arrive on the doorsteps of hundreds of thousands of Muggles across the country today - the first day the book is available to the public - thanks to, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service practicing a little wizardry of their own. offered this guaranteed Saturday delivery option to customers for the same price as Standard shipping, and Saturday delivery was free for Amazon Prime members.

"We'd like to thank our customers around the world for making 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Amazon's largest, most successful new product release ever," said Greg Greeley, vice president of Amazon's North American media business. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to delight so many Amazon customers globally on this eagerly awaited day."

Note About's Advance Orders for "Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince": Advance orders placed to-date on include orders from the online retailer's co-branded Web sites with and, 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 five of Amazon's internationally-focused retail sites (,,, and, as well as and

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