Sunday, December 07, 2008

J K Rowling's 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard'

This is not a review, since I haven't read the book yet. I did see and flip through the book in a bookshop today, and while I'm a Rowling fan, and have a copy of all the Harry Potter books, and my sister has her own set as well, I'm glad I did not pre-order this book.

I was considering ordering it, and it was offered as an option for my birthday gift last week, but reading about what it contained (5 short stories with some ilustrations by Joanne Rowling herself) I decided to wait and see it first.

It's a really slim book, and though it's a hardback, and a Rowling book, I would not pay Rs 600 for it--nor will many others, unless they're really die-hard Rowling fans, or Hogwarts or Dumbledore fans, or have a thick wad of money in their wallets they are just itching to spend.

This pricing goes to show you how those in the book business are trying to milk the last big pennies out of cash cow Rowling's name. I just checked the book on Amazon in the US and the UK, it's being sold at about half the price there ($7.14 and £3.5)! It says on the sites that the book is published by The Children’s High Level Group "a charity co-founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling and Emma Nicholson MEP to make life better for vulnerable children" but I am not sure whether the Indian proceeds would also contribute towards this.

Anyway, I plan to wait for the paperback version if it comes out, and if that is weirdly priced as well, I don't mind not reading these tales at all. Well, for a year or two at least!

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