In a press release sent out this morning from Scholastic, the U.S. publishers of the Harry Potter series, announced that the last book in the series will have 784 pages and that it will be printed on paper that contains a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste fiber.
Lisa Holton, President of Scholastic Trade Publishing and Book Fairs is quoted as saying:
Scholastic worked hard with our suppliers and the Rainforest Alliance to secure this extraordinary amount of recycled and FSC certified paper for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As a company with an ongoing commitment to protecting the environment for this generation and generations to come, we believe producing this book and our future reprints of Harry Potter books with a minimum of 30% pcw recycled paper is an important publishing decision.
This page count will make the book the second largest in the series, Order of the Phoenix had 870 pages and Half-blood Prince 652 pages. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits shelves at 12:01 am on Saturday, July 21, 2007.