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It’s Hurry Potter: Newspaper editors employ speed-readers to review new Potter book

The seventh and final installment in the Harry Potter series was released at one minute past midnight, local time, on Saturday, and in an age of instant reaction and online blogs, newspapers in the highly competitive British market (which received no advance copies of the 608-page book*) wanted a review in time for editions the same morning, reports Reuters from London.

Britain’s bestselling daily Sun tabloid employed speed-reading champion Anne Jones to write its review. She took just 47 minutes and one second to read the book but still had time to conclude:


“Without being too critical, the plot does seem to be a bit complicated, but I would not change a word. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ is a real page-turner.”

It was certainly a page-turner for her.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” sold 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours worldwide, breaking all records. Borders, the second-largest U.S. book chain, said it sold about 1.2 million copies on the first day, the highest of any title in its history. (This compares to the 850,000 copies Borders sold when the sixth book in the Harry Potter series was released in 2005.)
*The American version has 759 pages, the British has 608

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.


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