The latest Harry Potter book might be perfect for parents: it is summer time, kids are out of school, and the darn book is 700+ pages long (pretty long indeed for 8 and 9-year olds). So the book is a way of getting the kid(s) out of their hair for a while. :-) Anecdotal evidence of unusual demand: I accompanied two acquaintances of mine and their two children to a bookstore in N. Virginia on midnight last Friday, when the book went on sale. The bookstore was crowded in a festive atmosphere, and there were many different ages waiting on the line to buy the book. The store was giving away chocolate turtles. I've never seen anything like that for a new book. *Weekend* sales (New York Times, today): Barnes and Noble: 500,000 copies Borders: 200,000 copies Amazon.com: 26,000 (+350,000 ordered before publication) According to the Times article, the american publisher is printing 2 million more copies next month. So they probably did "miscalculate" the demand; although, I am not sure that an initial printing of 3.8 million copies is exactly "stingy". That alone represents copies for 1.5% of the entire US population as individuals, rather than as families. Nick Rozen jhorsman wrote: > > Is the reason so many books stores are out of the latest harry potter book > because of miscalculating demand or could it be something else?