On 7th July 2000 Amazon.com announced that they had pre-sold over 400,000 copies of “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire,” making it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history.

At exactly 12:01 a.m. on July 8, J.K. Rowling’s fourth installment of her Harry Potter series was released in the UK and in the United States. Within the next hour, when most people were home sleeping, hundreds of thousands of copies of the newest Harry Potter book were sold in London, New York and major cities on both sides of the Atlantic where, because of the unprecedented demand for the book several bookstores stayed open, well into the early morning so they could sell the book as soon as it was officially released.

In fact according to Whitaker’s BookTrack some 372,775 hardback copies of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” were sold in British bookshops and Internet sites alone within 24 hours of its release.

This dwarfed the previous record held by cookery writer Delia Smith whose best selling book sold 110,425 copies in its first three days in print.

Indeed the sales of the new Harry Potter book almost equalled the 399,204 hardback copies the third phenomenally successful book in the series sold in its first full year of publication.

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