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Amazon apologizes for Book 6 preorder snafu
by Adam Kane, Wizard News Wizard
with help from Wizard News reader Marla
Yesterday, all those who had pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince through Amazon.com received a strange email which said:
You previously signed up to be notified when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) became available. Unfortunately, we've learned from our supplier that this item will not be available from our suppliers in the foreseeable future.
Someone may be selling this item through Amazon.com Auctions or Shops. We encourage you to search for it there if you're still interested in purchasing this item.
Turns out it as all a mistake, as we surmised all along. This afternoon, those same Amazon.com customers received this email:
Greetings from Amazon.com.
We're writing to correct a recent e-mail notification that we sent about "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)."
In our e-mail, we stated that this title would not be immediately available from our suppliers, and that you may want to search for it elsewhere. While it's true that "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is not yet ready for eager readers, we do plan to notify you by e-mail when this book is available so you can again pre-order on our web site.
We assure you that howlers have been sent to the muggles responsible for this action and we are investigating the possibility that You-Know-Who may have been involved.
We apologize for the incorrect notification that you received. Thank you for shopping at Amazon.com.
We're glad Amazon got this straightened out. In the midst of some likely rumors that an announcement for a release date of Book 6 seems to be immanent, it was strange to hear news from Amazon which seemed to say exactly the opposite.
Stay tuned to Wizard News for the latest Book 6 release date info.
Published December 16, 2004
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