A record gap between sales and profits

<p>When J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) sold 372,775 hardback copies on publication, we thought that the record would be unlikely ever to be bettered. How unimaginative we were. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix sold 1.7m copies on its first day on sale last week, setting a record that surely even the New English Bible (1961)--cited as the only title in modern publishing to rival Harry Potter's speed of sale--did not match.</p><p>It seems to have been a success that every retailer was able to share. Early reports suggest that independents, despite the price-...

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