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Book Market Outlook -- El-hi, Potter Hold Keys To Success

December 2002
By Erik Cagle


"Give 'em hell, Harry!" That's the rally cry for both trade publishers and their print production suppliers, who eagerly await the next installment in the Harry Potter series (give 'em hell J.K. Rowling would be more accurate).

And why not? The four-book (and counting) children's fantasy series from Scholastic has sold a staggering 150 million copies worldwide (70 million in the United States), and many of the leading U.S. book printers have dipped their toes in the Potter pool. Who needs an Oprah plug when you have a multi-faceted marketing machine that has licensed movies, trading cards, action figures and all things Harry.






















 

Companies Mentioned:

Top 10 -- Book Printers
 CompanySegment
Sales
(millions)
Total
Sales
(millions)
1Quebecor World
Montreal
$693$6,300
2R.R. Donnelley
Chicago
$688$5,298
3Banta Corp.
Menasha, WI
$335$1,457
4Von Hoffmann
Saint Louis
$305$407
5Bertelsmann Arvato
New York
$257$339

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