The Harry Potter giveaway

<p>One can only but be amazed at the outstanding sales achieved by the latest Harry Potter and the delight that it has brought to millions of readers. We can be envious of, and delighted about, the success and wealth that it has brought to both Bloomsbury and J K Rowling--they deserve it. To learn that over 1.7 million copies of The Order of the Phoenix have been sold on the first day is quite simply staggering.</p><p>Using some wide and possibly inaccurate assumptions, I did a few "back of the unnecessary returns note" calculations. If all copies had been sold at the r.r.p. of &#163;16.99,...

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