LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Harry Potter’s online already. Internet sites are today bosting the inclusion of the 784 pages Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow in a move that spells out the worst fears of the publishing sensation’s publishers, Bloombury.
Photographs of what seem to be all 784 pages of the U.S. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling began to circulate on numerous file-sharing websites yesterday.
The photographs appear to be of two-page spreads of the novel’s entire text, including epilogue, shot by a 35 mm camera of a book laid out on a rug.
The U.S. publisher, Scholastic Inc., has reportedly printed at least 12-million copies, with a suggested list price of $34.99. More than 325-million Potter books have been sold world-wide since the series made its debut in England in 1997 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
“I’m guessing we’re in the double digits,” says Scholastic spokeswoman Kyle Good, who added that requiring material to be pulled down did not mean it was authentic.
“There’s so much out there that it’s confusing for fans. Our lawyers are trying to keep down the amount of spoiler traffic that’s out there and clear it from places where fans might be reading” Associated Press reported.
Security has never been tighter for a publishing venture with contractual agreements with printers, distributors, retailers and others.