For immediate release
NEW SECTION AT ABEBOOKS.COM SHOWCASES THE POTTERMANIA PHENOMENON
(Victoria, BC – 8 March 2007) The worldwide impact of Harry
Potter – from rare copies with $37,000 price-tags to the 50-plus
translations to books about the books and much more – is showcased
in a new section dedicated entirely to Pottermania at AbeBooks.com.
Considering most people already own JK Rowling’s books, AbeBooks
- the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and
out-of-print books - highlights the widespread influence of the series
in the countdown to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Along with a guide to collecting rare Harry Potter books, there is an
exclusive interview with the big spender who paid a record (US) $37,000
for an ultra-rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone on AbeBooks.com.
“I finally thought I’d do it because the book would be
such a good investment. There was an element of fun involved. It’s
very hard to explain the feeling of elation when you realize you own
this particular book.”
Inspired by Harry
Dozens of books about the books are showcased, including oddities such
as If Harry Potter Ran General Electric, Harry Potter and Philosophy:
If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts, and Harry Potter and the Deconstructivist
From Japanese to Latin (meet Harrius Potter) to Urdu, the 50-plus international
translations illustrate how Harry’s fans stretch around the world.
The 10 most expensive Harry Potter books ever sold through AbeBooks.com
are listed – more than 50 Potter books priced over $1,000 have
been sold via the website.
Anyone with serious ambitions to be a wizard can pick up books about
casting spells and also read up on the profession through books about
real-life magicians and illusionists from Harry Houdini (who published
many books in his hey-day) to David Blaine.
Harry in the news
The AbeBooks.com blog, Reading Copy, has regular updates from the world’s
media about Harry, JK and Pottermania in general.
There is also a quiz plus recommendations for other fantasy books, profiles
of ordinary people really called Harry Potter, and much more.
AbeBooks.com is the world’s largest online marketplace for books,
with over 100 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed
for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the
world. AbeBooks has millions of customers who purchase up to 25,000
books a day from its 5 global websites. A true internet success story,
AbeBooks has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private
company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Germany, Spain
and USA. Internet Retailer magazine ranked AbeBooks at No. 67 among
North American online retailers in June 2006.
Contacts: Richard Davies, PR manager, AbeBooks.com Office Ph: 250-412-3238