What great timing. I am currently re-reading the Harry Potter series, this time via audio books, and this morning I received an email from Amazon that reads:
As someone who has purchased Harry Potter products from Amazon.ca, you might be happy to hear that The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling’s book of fairy tales written to supplement the Harry Potter series, will be published in two new editions on December 4, 2008.
The Standard Edition features all five fairy tales from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard, an introduction and illustrations by J.K. Rowling, and commentary on each of the tales by Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Amazon is also thrilled to offer a luxuriously packaged Collector’s Edition (available exclusively at Amazon), designed to evoke the spirit of the handcrafted original purchased at auction last December. Housed in its own slipcase–made to resemble a wizarding textbook found in the Hogwarts library–this Collector’s Edition includes metal corners, clasp, and skull; a reproduction of J.K. Rowling’s handwritten introduction; commentary on each of the tales by Professor Albus Dumbledore; and 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition (or the original).
If you are haven’t read the entire series you may unfamiliar with Beedle the Bard but rest assured, the tales contained within the volume play an important part in the final chapter of the series, The Deathly Hallows.