Harry Potter web site MuggleNet is reporting that the release date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince may be announced in January 2005. MuggleNet states that they have received numerous tips from bookstores stating that they have been given memos warning them to expect a release date for book 6 to be announced in January 2005 and to be prepared for questions from the public.
According to MuggleNet:
What gets booksellers almost as excited as the holiday season?
The book world is abuzz with rumors that J.K. Rowling may announce the publication date for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince soon. Our children's buyer tells us that we can expect an announcement sometime in January.
Well, that's all we know so far. We want to be ready, so we can start communicating with our customers as soon as the announcement occurs!
You will be receiving an endcap sign that encourages customers to sign up for an e-mail alert at www.waldenbooksstores.com/hp6.
The release date will certainly be announced on JK Rowling's official site and you can also sign up at HPANA’s site Half-Blood Prince.info to get notification of the release date as soon as we know it.
As always treat this as a rumor until confirmed by the proper sources.