|Amazon Offers Customers Release-Date Delivery for 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard'|
Amazon to Deliver Book of Five Wizarding Fairy Tales to Customers' Doorsteps on Dec. 4, the First Day of Availability, for the Same Price as Standard Shipping
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2008--Just as it has done for the "Harry Potter" books series, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it will deliver both the Standard and Collector's Editions of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" on the very first day they are available to the public -- for the same price as Amazon standard shipping. For customers who select standard or Prime(TM) shipping, Amazon will deliver the book of five wizarding fairy tales to excited Harry Potter fans on Thursday, Dec. 4. Additionally, release-date delivery will be free of charge for Amazon Prime members.
"We are excited to once again delight Amazon customers by offering guaranteed release-date delivery for 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' so the book can arrive at their doors the first day it's available," said Russell Grandinetti, vice president of books at Amazon.com. "This means that hundreds of thousands of Harry Potter fans across the country can start reading this book the day it's released without having to wait."
In August 2008, the Children's High Level Group, the charity co-founded by J.K. Rowling to make life better for vulnerable children, announced that it would publish "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" with net proceeds from the sale of the book to benefit the charity. In addition to the Standard Edition, Amazon is exclusively offering a luxuriously packaged Collector's Edition inspired by Rowling's handwritten, illustrated book originally purchased at auction. The Standard Edition is available on Amazon.com for $7.59. The exclusive Collector's Edition is available on Amazon.com for $100.
The "Tales of Beedle the Bard" will be released on Dec. 4, 2008. To pre-order a copy of the Standard or Amazon Exclusive Collector's Edition of "Tales of Beedle the Bard," visit any one of Amazon's worldwide Web sites - www.amazon.com/beedlebard, www.amazon.co.uk/beedlebard, www.amazon.de/beedlebard, www.amazon.co.jp/beedlebard, www.amazon.fr/beedlebard, www.amazon.ca/beedlebard and www.amazon.cn/beedlebard.
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The Children's High Level Group
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published by The Children's High Level Group (CHLG), registered charity number 1112575, a charity co-founded in 2005 by J K Rowling and Emma Nicholson MEP to make life better for vulnerable children.
CHLG campaigns for child rights across Europe, particularly in Eastern Europe where over a million children and teenagers are growing up in institutions, often in unacceptable conditions. In most cases they are without adequate human or emotional contact and stimulation, while many only just survive without life's basics such as adequate shelter and food.
CHLG helps around a quarter of a million children each year through education activities; outreach work in institutions; and a dedicated telephone and email help line.