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Harry on tape also breaks records
[thanks to the San Jose Mercury News]
You may have the seen the avalanche of press coverage about the new "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" hardcover selling 8.3 million U.S. copies in its first 24 hours of release. Full price was $35; many retailers discounted it to $18.
Also impressive? More than 225,000 audiobook cassette or compact disc copies were sold the first weekend. Those were the best two-day results in audiobook history, according to Random House, which published the novel unabridged under its children's Listening Library imprint. The disc version, by the way, has 17 CDs, and both formats have a list price of $80, although they can be purchased at major online sites at big discounts.
What's not available is an iTunes download for your iPod. The first six Potter books are available through iTunes at prices ranging from $33 to $50. But a Random House spokeswoman said no iTunes date has been announced for "Deathly Hallows" and that she has no other information about download plans.
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Audiobook
Published August 11, 2007