20 July 2007

Less Than 12 Hours until HP Book 7!!

This was posted last week by a friend of mine and I think it's a good point, so I thought I would share since it's mere hours until the book is officially released: Tom Campbell, co-owner of the Regulator Bookshop, Durham, N.C., offered the following thoughts on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in his newsletter, The Regulator Irregular: "This is the last Harry Potter book, and it will quite likely be the last time in any of our lifetimes that people will line up, in the middle of the night, all across the country, and all across the world, to buy a book. To 'see what happens next' in a story. The only other time this has ever happened, as far as I know, was with Charles Dickens more than 150 years ago when crowds waited on the quays in New York for the ship carrying the latest installment of The Old Curiosity Shop to dock, calling out to the passengers and crew, 'Is Little Nell dead?' "We don't yet know who is going to die in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but we do know that more than a million Harry Potter readers are dead to the real significance of this event. These are the people who ordered their books from Amazon, and who at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 21, will be home asleep, waiting for the UPS delivery of their book the next day, or two days later, or whenever it arrives. They are indeed getting a great deal on the price of their book, but sometimes in life you get what you pay for. And sometimes you also get an experience that is truly priceless, a once in a lifetime kind of thing." I definitely agree with this and I'm actually quite excited for tonight. I have read all the other books, but I never went out to pick them up on the release day. While I was out and about this morning, I noticed a line of about 30 people waiting outside of Borders at 9:30am!! I don't know if these were people who didn't reserve the book or if they're just that excited, either way, the madness has begun! I planned on going out at midnight to pick up the book somewhere since I didn't want to order online and wait for shipping, but I ended up placing it on hold at the library back in February after the release date was announced. Fortunately, I found out earlier this week that they are going to have a release party at the library and those who are the first on the hold list can check the book out at midnight! So I will be at the library at midnight then coming home to read until I can't read anymore. Where will you be?

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