Controversy! It seems our local bookstores have been getting the bad end of the stick:
KUALA LUMPUR: Four major bookstore chains -- MPH, Popular, Harris and Times -- have confirmed they will not sell Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows in protest against selected hypermarkets being given hefty discounts to sell the book.
The recommended retail price of RM109.90 is being violated by hypermarkets advertising and selling it at RM69.90, they said.
The four chains, with a total of 100 outlets nationwide, said they were protesting the indiscriminate price discount and wanted to show customers that they were not "blatantly profiteering" from them.
Officials from the four bookstores held a meeting at 4pm Friday to announce their stand.
They said they were also cancelling all promotional events associated with the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter novel, and apologised to their customers. However, the said they would honour all pre-orders.
Author J.K. Rowling has said that two major characters would die, which has increased the buzz over the book's release.
Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows goes on sale nationwide from 7.01am tomorrow.