The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #82878 Message #1520683
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
12-Jul-05 - 02:55 PM
Thread Name: BS: Harry Potter: Book 6 (Half-Blood Prince)
Subject: RE: BS: Harry Potter:
The marketplace has always had popular books to sell, but I think the juxtaposition of the films, the ability to discuss the books openly on the Internet, the cosplay clubs, and various and sundry other off-shoot products make it big.
The part of this that I find so satisfying is that the big publisher that got the American rights to the book is Scholastic, not Random House or Harper or Viking or who knows who any more. Scholastic has been out there in the marketplace selling good quality books to school children for decades, and the fact that they had the savvy to pick up the rights to this book means more power to them in their good work.
The university library where I work is doing a special event on the 14th, leading up to the release. We're really not sure what to expect participation-wise. It could be the usual campus event, when students and faculty are attracted as much by the free food as by the activity. But it could also have a lot of interest due to the popularity of cosplay and the costume contest they're running that afternoon. It might be a great photo op!