December 15, 2007

Amazon Reveals Itself As J.K. Rowling's Fairy Tales Buyer

Two days ago I wrote a post about J.K. Rowlings Christmas Gift. Finally the 'Father Christmas' is unveiled! Amazon has revealed that it paid nearly $4 million for J.K. Rowling’s hand-written volume of the fairy tales of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is extensively illustrated and handwritten by the "bard" herself - all 157 pages of it. It's bound in brown Moroccan leather and embellished with five hand-chased hallmarked sterling silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. View images of the book here, here and here.

Amazon was represented by Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox at the Sotheby’s auction in London, and the e-commerce retailer has no intention of reselling the book. The proceeds of the book will go towards a charity co-founded by Rowling, called Children’s Voice. And in an effort to achieve some of the goals laid out by this charity, Amazon will be making sure that many people as possible get to experience the book, through public readings in schools.

The retailer has stated that its purchase of the book is a way of giving thanks to the author that sparked a reading frenzy in children and young adults across the world. Considering how many Harry Potter books were sold through Amazon, why wouldn't the company thank Rowling. No wonder, the announcement says: to J.K. Rowling: Thank You

Maybe I should start posting fairy tales on this blog:) I might just have some luck, who knows!

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