June 26, 1997. The date shall be frozen in the history of the world literary calendar. It was on this day that the first of the Harry Potter books was published. J K Rowling created history with this series of books .She became the first billionaire author who even gave the queen of England a run for her money. The author herself probably never thought that her first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone would be met with such worldwide acclaim. So much so that even Lauren Weisberger in her best seller novel ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, mentions how her character Miranda wishes to get the unpublished copy of the book for her twins! That was the kind of magic that the Harry Potter books created. Can you imagine there are sites offering Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix audiobook free download! No potter fan should be kept from this literary classic.
There was no turning back for the author. In 14 years, seven Harry Potter books were published. The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, turned out to be the most popular of them even though it was the shortest. However, the highest sales were recorded from the sale of Harry Potter and The Order Of Phoenix. This was the fifth book in the series and the longest of the whole lot. About five million copies of the book were sold in the first 24 hours of publication.
The Harry Potter series are worth a whooping $15 billion. That is the sales figure created by the 400 million copies sold. The book is now translated in 67 languages. What followed was phenomenal. The first movie was released in 2001. The film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone amassed close to $975 million at the box office. The author had created a mini-industry of sorts by her writings. Harry Potter Audio Books were not way behind. It seemed obvious that entire series would be converted into audio books and some outlets are allowing you to download the audiobook free!
The first audiobook was released in 1999. It’s estimated that 5 million copies of the audio books have been sold. The numbers are astounding. The Harry Potter Industry, if it can be called so, has churned in millions of dollars. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix audiobook free download should be all you need to get yourself pulled into Potters world. Check out this awesome video clip:
The audio books series has all the seven books in its gamut. Apparently the entire audio versions are close to 117 hours. Jim Dale was chosen to lend his voice as the narrator for the audio version of the series. The royalty amount that the author gets from the audio version is split equally between the publisher and the author.
All in all, The Harry Potter books, movies and audio book series have raked in billions. They created a tsunami effect, which can be felt to this day.