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<< Back Reports Record Sales of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows''

In The Early Hours of Pre-Order Availability, Customers

Are Ordering "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in Unprecedented


SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 1, (Nasdaq:AMZN) ( today announced that in just the first seven hours of pre-order availability for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" the online retailer has sold over 200 percent more books than it did the entire first day of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" the sixth book in the series. In fact, sales on in the first seven hours today have eclipsed total sales for the entire first two days of the sixth book. is selling the book for just $18.89 (hardcover), a savings of 46 percent and $39.00 (deluxe edition), a savings of 40 percent.

"The anticipation for this book has been like none other in our history," said Greg Greeley, vice president of books at "Customers are clearly excited about the book and we are pleased to offer it at such a low price."

Amazon received more than 1.5 million advance orders of the sixth book, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which was released in July 2005 and was Amazon's largest, most successful product release in the company's history.

Since the company posted the detail page for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" late last year, hundreds of thousands of customers have signed up for e-mail notifications announcing the pre-order availability, far surpassing totals from previous years.

To place an order for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and 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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