So, I went out and bought the last Harry Potter book tonight. I haven’t opened it yet, but I assure you, once this blog entry is posted my nose will be in the book. I got it from Barnes and Noble in Appleton. I got there at 23:45 (11:45 pm) to see a full parking lot. So, I parked in an empty one across the street, hoping to avoid the crowd rushing out of the parking lot once I had gotten the book. This proved to be unnecessary. The wait for the book took me until 0:50, and by then the parking lot was not so crowded. When I first arrived, there was of course a line:
But what you see in this blurry photo is not a line for the book, but simply a line to get yellow wristbands to certify that the bearer had indeed reserved a copy. There were also blue wristbands for those who wanted one but had not reserved one. As I waited in line, midnight came and there were cheers heard and the first customer came out triumphantly to flaunt his book. This was the best picture I could get of him:
Of course, one of the first things he did after raising it in the air and taking a picture with his mother was to open the book to the back in order to spoil the ending for himself. After a while, I finally got my wristband and went into the store:
Barnes and Noble did not do a good job organizing the mass purchase. When I went in, it was not clear where to go. They had set up a path for the line to follow, but if one didn’t know where the end of the line was, this was pretty pointless. I settled in to part of the mass that I figured represented a nebulous end of the line. Here is what it looked like from this vantage:
This part of the crowd didn’t start moving for about twenty minutes, though we got some glimpses of others moving. The line was a zigzag through the bookshelves, which of course allowed convenient access to books that the store would actually be making money on. For members (which includes me), the store had docked the list price to $18.89, which is $19.83 after tax. For non-member, the price was $20.99 or %22.04 after tax. This was advertised by a large sign above the checkout counter:
The books were taken from the boxes and pre-bagged at the checkout counter. Here is a picture I got of some of the empty boxes:
In the end I walked out with my book and drove home. I will now begin to read it and once I finish, I will post a review on this site.