The English Sprawl

Bloomsbury reports in the Guardian (on Sept. 19–I’m a little late on this one) that the English-language version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has sold as many copies overseas as in the UK. One million copies of the original version sold to Germany in the last month! The German translation doesn’t come out until October 27. I guess all those German kiddos are so anxious to read this book that they are willing to learn a new language to do it!


Author: Hannah Johnson

When I first came to New York City, I almost ran over Liza Minelli with my suitcase. Then I got a job in book publishing.

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  1. I’m in Rome right now, and the bookshops here are full of stacks, four-foot high, of the English edition of HP&tDH. These books are right at the front of the stores, and filling entire window displays. It’s a strange sight, so much merchandising space given over to a single book in a foreign language.

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