As you may have gathered the new Harry Potter novel is out Saturday 21st July. Publisher Bloomsbury have put an embargo on the book stopping book sellers selling the book before that date, hence a number of stores will open at midnight (your quacky blogger has found a Tesco near the hostelry he will be staying in and will get it pre-breakfast. I said I'd delivery to a friends daughter Sunday morning so expect the Saturday report on my holiday blog to involve me reading HP 7!)
Apparently some nasty book sellers may break the embargo although the book's publishers, Bloomsbury, said it had "no reason to believe anyone would want to ruin the excitement".
"If such a thing were to happen, we believe that the public would make their feelings known by not buying it from such a spoilsport retailer."
I am sorry? I'm pretty certain the public will buy it. What planet do they live on?
Bloomsbury have maintained the embargo so far by threatening not to supply book sellers with future editions. But as Katherine Rushton from the Bookseller Magaizne said "Because it's the final Harry Potter, Bloomsbury doesn't have that same power, It has played its last ace card."
However one shop-owner won't t be complying with the regulations. Mr Webb in Northampton has decided not to order any copies of the last ever Harry Potter. "There's a branch of Asda 100 yards away from our shop, We're advising our loyal customers to take advantage of their generosity. They'll save three quid - which they can come and spend on something else here!"