It’s only been 14 days since JK Rowling’s latest piece of the Harry Potter empire hit bookshelves, and already it’s the top selling book of 2008 on both sides of the Atlantic, rocking the USA Today and Daily Telegraph charts. Titled “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, the book is a collection of five fairy tales and is mentioned in the final Potter book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.
The best news about all these crazy sales figures is that it means a tremendous amount of cash is headed towards Rowling’s Children’s High Level Group — a charity that works to help children suffering in institutions. The 2.6 million copies sold so far translates to almost $6.5 million for the organization. “We had no idea what to expect in terms of sales figures so we are thrilled by such impressive sales in the first week alone … the project will certainly raise a huge amount to fund our work,” Richard Alderslade, chief executive of the CHLG, told Reuters.
Back in December of ’07, a hand-written and illustrated original of “Bard” by JK Rowling sold for $3.9 million at auction. That price broke a number of records as the highest price ever achieved at auction for a modern literary manuscript, an auction record for a work by J.K. Rowling, and an auction record for a children’s book. Once more, all the money raised went to Rowling’s charity.
We here at the Razz love Harry Potter and even more appreciate Rowling’s efforts to use the attention paid her work to benefit others. We look forward to seeing sales numbers creep ever higher as “Bard” continues its sweeping impact. It’s truly been a wonderful holiday season for CHLG!