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8 Million Copies of Beedle the Bard due Worldwide, Pre-Ordered Copies Now Being Shipped.

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Posted by: sue
December 03, 2008, 11:14 AM

As the hours grow closer to the release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard tonight at Midnight, many fans are anxious for the new set of tales from author J.K.Rowling. Those who have pre-ordered copies of the book have received notices stating the books have indeed shipped. One paper has a photo online of a bookseller sitting next to unopened cartoons of the Beedle books, awaiting their release. The AP is also reporting today that a total of 8 million copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard are due to be issued around the world, including the 3.5 million copies due from US publishers Scholastic. Quotage:

"We expect it will crash straight in at No. 1 in our book charts," Jon Howells, of Britain's Waterstone's book store chain, said Wednesday. "It would take a battle of magical proportions to dislodge it before Christmas."

The book's print run sounds enormous until you compare it with the Potter books. The final volume, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" sold 8 million copies in its first 24 hours and had a print run of 12 million in the U.S. alone.

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26 Comments

Sara

FIRST?!?!

omg.. they haven’t shipped mine :(

Posted by Sara on December 03, 2008, 11:16 AM report to moderator
Ryan

Mine either :(

Maybe thats just UK… jeez I hate not having an English bookstore nearby :(

Posted by Ryan on December 03, 2008, 11:54 AM report to moderator
Professor Potter

Dont worry Sara, at least you are first on the comment board, ‘tis a great honor I’m sure :)

I received my amazon dispatch email today too for my CE edition. Considering that this book was an afterthought and a sort of wind down for Jo who wasnt even releasing it publicly at first, that distribution figure is huge! Sure it isnt as big as DH, in fact it is a small book of just 5 fairy tale stories and on top of that, everyone knows the stories from Amazon’s “reviews, lol”. Yet, this is still a big event. Its the power of Jo’s writing that makes it so big despite it not being a proper novel.

Posted by Professor Potter on December 03, 2008, 12:00 PM report to moderator
Professor Potter

yeah, I feel bad that you are all not getting the same release parties as we are in UK. I’m surprised with the US book shops quit frankly. But as long as you all get the book, thats what matters most!

Posted by Professor Potter on December 03, 2008, 12:06 PM report to moderator
Diluvia

I am having my own party tonight at midnight … (even though my book won’t get here until the weekend!

Posted by Diluvia on December 03, 2008, 12:11 PM report to moderator
Pete

Woo hoo! Amazon shipped my Collector’s copy yesterday! I am getting it in the mail tomorrow! Soooo excited.

Posted by Pete on December 03, 2008, 12:16 PM report to moderator
Sara

It sure is Proffesor Potter. :D

But maybe it’s because i live in Sweedn. They are always so after, soon i’ll be going to Gothenburg to cue for the standar edition for tommorow :D

Posted by Sara on December 03, 2008, 12:19 PM report to moderator
Billy

I don’t get my collector’s copy for another 2 weeks because I did free super shipper saving :P Need every cent for other xmas presents ya know.

Posted by Billy on December 03, 2008, 12:19 PM report to moderator
Natalie

Amazon sent me an e-mail this morning saying it was being shipped over! Yay :)

Posted by Natalie on December 03, 2008, 12:32 PM report to moderator
Giant Fairy

Hm….I m from Germany, we are 6 hours early!!! And I always love to have them before my sister in San Diego…..(9hours earlier….)

Posted by Giant Fairy on December 03, 2008, 12:33 PM report to moderator
Petra

Mine still says Dispatching soon but that it is expected to be delivered 5-8 dec here in the Netherlands to me and I’m not home this weekend… I hope it will arrive on Monday. But an ideal Sinterklaas gift I should say :) Although a couple of days late

Posted by Petra on December 03, 2008, 12:38 PM report to moderator
Carebie

I think maybe because I am using Amazon’s free shipping they decided they would post mine when they felt like it, it won’t ship out till the 8th

Posted by Carebie on December 03, 2008, 12:57 PM report to moderator
Michelle

Mine’s on it’s way! Is anyone else constantly checking the tracking of their box like me?

Posted by Michelle on December 03, 2008, 01:21 PM report to moderator
Andrea

I am. Unfortunatly I couldn’t get the CE since I have Christmas to prepare for and a big family. Plus, I’m also a student so I don’t have much money anyway! xP But kudos to you if you could. ;D

I will be in school when my copy is delivered; doesn’t that suck? lol.

Posted by Andrea on December 03, 2008, 01:33 PM report to moderator
Muggletonks

Yea!!! Mine is on the way as well. Sadly won’t get here until Friday. It better get to my office before the weekend though!! Squeeeeeee

Posted by Muggletonks on December 03, 2008, 02:15 PM report to moderator
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