Did he die?
It has been said that the Internet destroys reading… bu11$h1t.
A statement from Amazon.com today stated that as from midnight 20 July pre-orders of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had reached 2.2m across its websites internationally and would be shipping to over 160 countries. This smashed the previous best of 1.5m orders for book six: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
In total 8.3m copies of the book are said to have shipped in the US alone so far, with The Independent claiming potentially 20m copies have reached readers around the globe. How many of this total were through online orders/pre-orders? It will be extremely difficult to tell, but if Amazon’s figures are anything to go by a large proportion of them.
In sum then this is a tremendous advert for the web and contrary to the bleating from technological Neanderthals that the web is ruining literacy and destroying our incentive to read I’d go the other way and say it has made access to literature easier and more affordable than ever before.
So at the end of all this the big question many (sadly) want to know is: did Harry die? Well I can tell you…
…that I have a Master of Arts in Literature and I don’t read ”kids books” 😉
Amazon Press Release