Disappointed: Yeah, the carpet book is the real dealPosted: July 20, 2007
Yeah, your eyes are still working…NY Times confirmed that they compared a real book with the carpet book and that they are both the same.
When photos of what appeared to be every single page of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the eagerly awaited seventh and final installment in the wildly successful series by J. K. Rowling, started flooding various Internet file-sharing services on Monday night, nobody could know for sure whether they were the real thing or an elaborate hoax.
The amateurish photos showed each pair of facing pages of the book laid out on a beige red-and-green-flecked looped carpet and held open by somebody’s fingers. Some of the photos made the pages difficult to read, but the ending, upon which fervent speculation has centered for months, was completely decipherable.
Scholastic, the United States publisher of the “Harry Potter” series, called numerous Web sites and asked them to take down the material. In one case, the publisher filed for a subpoena against Gaia Online, a social networking and gaming site, ordering the company to remove photos uploaded by a user.
The publisher also tried to deflect attention from the photos by telling reporters and fans that there were other seemingly authentic images appearing on Flickr, the photo-sharing site, as well as a video of someone holding the book on YouTube, the video site.
On Tuesday some customers started receiving copies of the actual book from an online retailer, DeepDiscount.com. On Wednesday, Scholastic sued the retailer’s parent company, Infinity Resources, and Levy Home Entertainment, DeepDiscount.com’s distributor, for “flagrant violations” of their contracts, which stated that they could not ship any books before July 20, to ensure that no customer would receive a copy before 12:01 a.m. on July 21, the official on-sale date.