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Chinese version of new Harry Potter book arrives

Fans of J. K. Rowlings in Taiwan, after an anxious long wait, were rewarded with the Chinese edition of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” yesterday.

Despite the approach of Typhoon Longwang, hundreds of Harry Potter fans waited patiently in line to purchase the new book at the Miramar Entertainment Park. The first person in line, who was at the park since 10:00 p.m. on Friday, held up her number card and happily stated that she would brave any type of weather to lay her hands on the book.

A total of 990 hardback copies of the book will be available at the site. All the Harry Potter fans at the event will receive free posters and merchandise.

Eslite Bookstore announced that it will provide a limited number of the books at the cheap price of NT$365, which is NT$53 cheaper than other store. Eslite expressed that the discounted rate is installed to reward Harry Potter fans for their patience and dedication to the series.

Eslite stated that sales for the English version of the book have reached the 17,000 mark since mid-September. In the U.K. and U.S., a total of 8.9 million copies of the book were sold on the first day.

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