Record Harry Potter sales

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24 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — The Dutch translation of the latest Harry Potter book broke all records over the weekend as it went on sale for the first time.More than 400,000 titles were sold after the official opening of trading at midnight on Friday. The book, "De Orde van de Feniks" (The Order of the Phoenix), is the fifth in the hugely popular Harry Potter series. Many bookstores organised special activities to coincide with the first sales of the translated version and a party atmosphere prevailed. T

24 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch translation of the latest Harry Potter book broke all records over the weekend as it went on sale for the first time.

More than 400,000 titles were sold after the official opening of trading at midnight on Friday. The book, "De Orde van de Feniks" (The Order of the Phoenix), is the fifth in the hugely popular Harry Potter series.
 
Many bookstores organised special activities to coincide with the first sales of the translated version and a party atmosphere prevailed. The English version of the book appeared in book stores to much fanfare also in June.

"Saturday was an historic sales day," said the secretary of the Dutch booksellers union DBb, Ari Doeser. The only day that comes close to Saturday's sales is the first Saturday of the Dutch book week, which took place in March.

The first print run of the Dutch version ran to 1 million copies and book stores had ordered 900,000 copies in advance, an NOS news report said.

Author J. K. Rowling has been transformed from a struggling single mother to a multi-millionaire through the Harry Potter series, which focuses on the exploits of a young magician and his boarding school friends.  Rowling has started work on a sixth book.

Worldwide there have been 250,000 million Harry Potter books in more than 200 countries and they have been translated into 60 languages, from Hindi to ancient Greek.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Dutch news

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