Booksellers say Cayman Islands residents should rest assured that the newest Harry Potter book will be on island within the week, although it’s not certain it will make landfall by the mandated global release of 12:01 on Saturday morning.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh book in the popular series, is kicking up a worldwide storm of excitement from dedicated fans, including a few hundred here in the Cayman Islands.
‘We are doing whatever we can do to see it here for Saturday,’ says Billy Adam of Hobbies and Books and Books by the Bay.
‘We are having it sent via air freight on Cayman Airways, but there are very tight restrictions not only on getting the book sent out from the suppliers but also the import regulations, which may hold up the process a little bit.’
Mr. Adam says if everything goes according to schedule and the logistics all go well, the book will be on Hobbies and Books store shelves by Saturday afternoon.
Barbara Levy of the Book Nook says her customers can expect the book in store sometime next week.
‘We have 200 copies coming in, about 150 which have already been spoken for, and our customers can be confident that they’ll have the book as soon as we can manage,’ she says.
Ms. Levy is shipping the books by sea, but she says she’s not concerned the delay will cause undue problems.
‘It’s a book, the point being you can take your time to read it at your leisure, and the advertising hype related to the deadlines should not take away from the fact that it will be here soon on Island so everyone who wants to enjoy it, can,’ she says.
The book, which tops 700 pages, will be selling for $35, not a bad deal for a guaranteed good, and lengthy, read.
Both Mr. Adam and Ms Levy are happy that the book is inspiring interest in reading, hype or not.
‘Adults, kids, everyone wants this book,’ says Ms Levy. ‘It’s great because anything that encourages kids to read is welcome.’
Mr. Adam agrees.
‘Literacy is the key to an educated society,’ he says.
‘With all the recent focus on getting kids to read here in Cayman, the excitement that is being built up around these books is a great way of sparking a lifelong interest in books and literature,’ he says.