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"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" to be Published in Braille, 23 Foreign Language editions

Posted by: sue
October 22, 2008, 01:05 PM

A quick update today regarding the upcoming publication of the new book from J.K. Rowling. As noted by the Bookseller and now seen on the Children's High Level website, a press release indicates that The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be published in Braille "produced in partnership with RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) in the UK and the National Braille Press in the USA." In addition to the three editions (US,UK, special edition from Amazon) published in the English language, the book will be released in 23 foreign language publications as listed below:

France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Korea, Poland, Slovakia, Taiwan, Czech, Brazil, Dennmark, Portugal, Norway, Russia, Israel, Spain (Catalan), Hungary, Greece, Spain/ Latin America, China, Japan, Vietnam, and Finland.

A reminder too that on December 4 starting at 4pm, J.K. Rowling will be holding a special tea party release event for 250 children. Several contests to attend this event in Edinburgh, Scotland are now or soon will be under way. To enter the essay contest from Scholastic which is now open, click here; Amazon and UK publishers Bloomsbury are expected to open their contests shortly.

Again, two of the original handwritten copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be on display to the public, one here in the US at the New York Public Library, the second at the National Library of Scotland. On Dec 3, it has been announced now that Barry Cunningham, JKR's first editor on the series, will be holding a press preview event highlighting his handwritten copy of Beedle the Bard that he has lent for exhibition, Scholastic editor Arthur Levine will also be holding his press event the same day in New York. Both copies of the books will be on display at the libraries from the time of the release to January 4, 2009. If you are attending either of these showings, or are lucky enough to win a trip to the release party, please send in your reports and photos and we will post them.

As first referenced in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be released December 4 and contain five stories, along with new commentary and information written by the late Professor Albus Dumbledore. The five tales contained in this new book are ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’, ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, ‘The Wizard and the Hopping Pot’ and ‘Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump.' All proceeds from the sale of the new book will benefit the Children's High Level group charity. Pre-orders for the book are available here in our Cauldron Shop: Standard, Collector's edition, UK Standard.

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I am so excited about this book. I’m glad that so many people will get to experience it.

Posted by ravesfave on October 22, 2008, 01:44 PM report to moderator
the fish

me too!!! I’m glad that they’re translating it. Potter fans all around the world should enjoy it. Personally, I ordered the fancy $100 edition from amazon months ago. Can’t wait!

Posted by the fish on October 22, 2008, 02:01 PM report to moderator

Good! But am so depresed that they didn’t translated in my language…

Posted by hp_maniac on October 22, 2008, 02:49 PM report to moderator

8a vgei k edw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by theo on October 22, 2008, 05:05 PM report to moderator


Posted by sophie on October 22, 2008, 05:05 PM report to moderator

Denmark, Norway and Finland but not Sweden? strange

Posted by Victor on October 22, 2008, 06:59 PM report to moderator

finally a cool HP book is coming to Brazil…
I almost bought it online, but it would cost like 100 bucks, so…
my prays have been answered!!!

Posted by B on October 22, 2008, 07:49 PM report to moderator
chikit vesterbaek

It’s coming out in Danish! Yehey for my kid!

Posted by chikit vesterbaek on October 22, 2008, 08:38 PM report to moderator

Nice baby! I immediately called a blind friend of mine! I was hoping this’d come! Although I think Stephen Fry would’ve made him even happier ;-)


Posted by emmy on October 22, 2008, 09:20 PM report to moderator

If anyone knows when the braille version’ll be released, let us know!

Posted by emmy on October 22, 2008, 09:41 PM report to moderator
Random Person

This is really cool that they are making an edition for the blind! And 23 languages. But haven’t the 7 books been released in more languages than that?

Posted by Random Person on October 22, 2008, 10:28 PM report to moderator

hey.. do you guys think they’ll do midnight releases for it?
I mean, that IS a lot of languages, so it must be a big deal

Posted by tia on October 23, 2008, 01:35 AM report to moderator

Yes! in Catalan! Hip Hip Hurrah!

Posted by gerard on October 23, 2008, 05:51 PM report to moderator

@ tia

I don’t think there’ll be as many midnight releases as with HP. Maybe here or there, but there’s a lotta HP-fans out there that haven’t even heard of this publication!

Posted by emmy on October 23, 2008, 10:16 PM report to moderator

Yes! The Netherlands.
But.. I still going to read it in English. =-)

Posted by Marlies on October 24, 2008, 11:54 AM report to moderator
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