My e-mail box has been inundated with the Good News today, so I feel it only right to pass that Good News along to you.
(And, yes, Edgy's Book Club has had a less than stellar start. Too many hours working other people's shifts at the gym.)
The Harry Potter bookselling bonanza will take place this July, though not on July 7 as many expected, but two weeks later, July 21. Scholastic announced this morning that the final volume in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be priced at $34.99, the first price increase since 2003. Scholastic has received the manuscript, but no page count has been released, though at the hefty price the book is likely to be a long one. Amazon is already accepting preorders and is discounting the title at $18.89. It will be interesting to see how the discounting story plays out in the U.S. In the U.K., where a number of independent booksellers said they won’t carry the title because of deep discounting by other retailers and e-tailers, Bloomsbury will also release the book on July 21, in four editions: a children’s hardcover, an adult hardcover, a gift edition and an audio version.
Publishers Lunch adds that Amazon also has "a pre-order price guarantee in case someone else goes lower. They say 'hundreds of thousands' of people had already registered for e-mail alerts once the book was available for ordering. The previous Potter book sold 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours."
And PWChildren's Bookshelf adds that "Barnes and Noble is pricing the book at $20.99 online (40% off)."