NEW YORK, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Scholastic, the global
children's publishing, education and media company, will release the paperback
edition of J.K. Rowling's sixth Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Half-
Blood Prince, on July 25, 2006. With a first printing of 2 million copies,
the paperback version brings the total number of all six Harry Potter books in
print in the U.S. to over 120 million.
In the United States alone, the hardcover edition of Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince sold 6.9 million copies in the first 24 hours, making it the
fastest selling book in publishing history. The book hit stores at midnight
on July 16, 2005. With an unprecedented initial print run of 10.8 million,
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince broke all industry records, including
that set in June 2003 by Rowling's fifth novel, Harry Potter and the Order of
the Phoenix. Since their publication all six Harry Potter titles have
remained on bestseller lists.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has garnered extraordinary reviews.
In The New York Times review, Michiko Kakutani wrote: "The achievement of the
Harry Potter books is the same as that of great classics of children's
literature, from the Oz novels to 'The Lord of the Rings': the creation of a
richly imagined and utterly singular world as detailed, as improbable and as
mortal as our own." And according to a four-star review in People, "This book
is the most intense-and absorbing-yet."
The paperback edition will have a suggested retail price of $9.99 at 672
Scholastic Corporation (Nasdaq: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and
distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.
Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products
for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines,
technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film,
videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a
variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs,
school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity
programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the
Company's Internet site, http://www.scholastic.com.
SOURCE Scholastic Corporation