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2005-07-20 11:30:00

LONDON -- The sixth book in the Harry Potter series, the fastest-selling book of all time, has become among the quickest to fall prey to Internet piracy, with illicit copies available online within hours of its release. Tech-savvy fans of the boy wizard teamed up to scan the entire 607 page book into digital form, with unauthorized e-book copies appearing online less than 12 hours after "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" went on sale on Saturday. Copies of the audio version of the book...

2005-07-18 12:12:54

By Jeffrey Goldfarb LONDON (Reuters) - The sixth volume of the Harry Potter saga sold more than 8.9 million copies in the first 24 hours it was on sale in the United States and Britain to become the fastest-selling book in history, publishers said. Britain's Bloomsbury said on Monday that just over 2 million copies had sold within 24 hours of it going on sale just after midnight on Saturday, in line with expectations. U.S.-based Scholastic said late on Sunday that 6.9 million sold over the...

2005-07-18 11:41:15

LONDON (Reuters) - The sixth volume of the Harry Potter saga sold more than 8.9 million copies in the first 24 hours it went on sale in the United States and Britain to become the fastest-selling book in history, publishers said. Britain's Bloomsbury said on Monday that just over 2 million copies had sold within 24 hours of it going on sale just after midnight on Saturday, in line with expectations. U.S.-based Scholastic said late on Sunday that 6.9 million sold over the same timespan. But...

2005-07-17 13:05:45

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Bookstores around the world tallied sales of the sixth Harry Potter installment on Sunday, but after the eagerly awaited global launch over the weekend, the magic was wearing off for some. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is expected to be the fastest-selling book in history, with British retailer Waterstone's forecasting that 10 million copies would have been snapped up worldwide during the first 24 hours of trade. The early feedback was...

2005-07-17 08:05:48

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Bookstores checked their tills on Sunday to tally sales of the sixth Harry Potter installment, but a day after the eagerly awaited global launch the magic was wearing off for some. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is widely expected to be the fastest-selling book in history, with British retailer Waterstone's forecasting that 10 million copies would have been snapped up worldwide during the first 24 hours of trade. The early feedback was...

2005-07-16 11:47:33

By Mike Collett-White and Carole Vaporean LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The sixth instalment in the Harry Potter series went on sale and flew off shelves around the world on Saturday, ending months of marketing hype that look set to make it the fastest-selling book in history. Publishers say up to 10 million copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" could be sold in the first 24 hours, as "Pottermania" broke out across the planet. Fans young and old poured into book stores, many...

2005-07-16 05:50:58

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Children and adults poured into stores around the world on Saturday to snatch up copies of the latest Harry Potter adventure, which looks set to become the fastest-selling book in history. Publishers say up to 10 million copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" could fly off the shelves in the first 24 hours, as "Pottermania" broke out in Sydney, Beijing, Edinburgh, New York and around the planet. The carefully orchestrated launch was the...

2005-07-15 20:34:39

By Michael Perry and Mike Collett-White SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) - Witching hour passed and Harry Potter fans poured into bookshops around the world on Saturday, snatching up copies of the latest instalment in the series that promises to be the fastest-selling book in history. Ending months of hype, and elaborate measures to prevent details of the boy wizard's latest adventures leaking out, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hit the shelves at one minute past midnight London time....

2005-07-15 18:22:30

LONDON (Reuters) - "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," J.K. Rowling's sixth book about the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter, went on sale on Saturday. Here are some key facts about the Harry Potter series: * The previous five books are: "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (1997), "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (1998), "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (1999), "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2000), and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"...

2005-07-15 18:43:28

By Michael Perry and Mike Collett-White SYDNEY/LONDON (Reuters) - Witching hour passed and Harry Potter fans poured into bookshops around the world on Saturday, snatching up copies of the latest instalment in the series that promises to be the fastest-selling book in history. Ending months of hype, and elaborate measures to prevent details of the boy wizard's latest adventures leaking out, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hit the shelves at one minute past midnight London time....


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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