Nomen Omen?

It looks like the prophesied cash cow, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, might not yield much in the way of milk.

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James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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2 Responses to Nomen Omen?

  1. davidcapeguy says:

    I suspect they’re being a bit disingenuous. The numbers of wholesale copies the big retailers buy, they’re not exactly paying full price. And like any loss leader, it gets customers who might buy other books into the stores — new customers who might ordinarily not be in that store at all. If they were truly going to be losing might selling it at price “X,” they wouldn’t be selling it at that price.

    And speaking as a ex-longtime Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton employee, though not a disgruntled one, I can also attest that their bookstore clerks aren’t exactly getting rich off fat paychecks, either.

    • JE says:

      The numbers of wholesale copies the big retailers buy, they’re not exactly paying full price. And like any loss leader, it gets customers who might buy other books into the stores — new customers who might ordinarily not be in that store at all.

      Makes sense: it’s their last chance to catch the big wave of young Harry Potter readers.

      bookstore clerks aren’t exactly getting rich off fat paychecks, either

      Amen.

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