As the final hours to the release of the final Harry Potter book count down Amazon today released some last minute information related to how pre-sales and such have been going for the online retailer. In all counts things look great for the bookseller and all of the Muggles preparing to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Amazon said that as of midnight, it has received more than 2.223 million pre-orders worldwide on its various Web sites, eclipsing the previous pre-order record of 1.5 million held by the sixth book in the series. On Amazon.com alone, the company received a record 1.41 million pre-orders making the book the companyâ€™s largest new product release ever. Amazon estimates its customers will save more than $50 million worldwide on the purchase of the book.
To add even more data to the mania for this book, Amazon said that in the largest single-product distribution in it’s history, more than 1.3 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will arrive on the doorsteps of readers across the country tomorrow. Amazonâ€™s U.S. fulfillment centers processed approximately 18 tons of orders per hour and are shipping to more than 43,000 zip codes across the country. Also, on its busiest pre-order day, Amazon.com took more than 1.75 pre-orders per second.