Barnes & Noble, Inc. announced this morning that the first U.S. shipment of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives today at their distribution center in Jamesburg, New Jersey.
According to the release:
Between today, June 27, and the day of the book's release on July 16, Barnes & Noble expects to receive a caravan of 124 tractor-trailers weighing more than four million pounds and carrying Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Barnes & Noble will begin packing customer pre-orders as well as shipping books to its stores nationwide in time for the July 16th on sale date.
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be the bestselling pre-order book in publishing history," said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. "We expect more than three million customers will visit over 700 Barnes & Noble stores in the first 24 hours, and that the book will shatter all records. Our unparalleled distribution system will put this book in the hands of our customers all across the country and the world the minute it goes on sale.
UPDATE: You can see some pictures here courtesy of The Leaky Cauldron from a CNBC news report on the books.