It was revealed a little while ago that Amazon dot com purchased the book. They plan to take it on display to show the children. There is a post on Amazon that show high resolution pictures of the book and a video as well. They are NOT going to print it, as they do not have publishing rights. The money will go to charity. Looking at these pictures show just what a beautiful and magical book this is. A book made real from a book that it appeared in. I think this is wonderful. She really means that no more than the 7 copies made will ever appear in any form. I hope she keeps her word.
Yes. Each of the 6 books was handwritten and all the artwork around the page edges was done by her. Each book has a different pewter design and jewel on the cover. No two books are alike. She had each book handbound in real leather as well. The 6 people she gave a book too are the 6 who helped her for the last 14 years get the Harry Potter books published. I hope they cherish these books as something unique and special. Notice that anyone handling these books wears white gloves. Now you know what the most expensive book in history looks like. Another record for Harry Potter.
I understand she's doing it for her close friends and charity and that is amazing... but I'm still heartbroken that I'll never get to read the Tales of Beedle Bard. After Ron reeled off those titles I was hoping she'd do another charitable book like her "Quidditch Through the Ages" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and all the proceeds would go to charity. That would be even better.
Amazon has posted an outline of all 5 stories on the same site as linked to above. They did each story a day at a time, now all 5 have been posted. These are reviews and outlines of the stories, not the actual stories. Amazon does not get publishing rights for this book or the stories so they can't reprint them or publish a cheap copy. And I am pretty confident that the 6 people who have worked with her for 14 years to keep these books working and correct and everything else they did, are not going to do anything that would betray her trust in them. Ain't gonna happen.
I was amazed and not a little proud of what JKR did with 'Tales Of Beedle The Bard'. The one copy, that was auctioned by Sotheby's, made quite a bit of "change" for 'Children's Voice', Ms Rowling's Charity Of Choice. This lady never ceases to amaze! You really should go, to Amazon.com, and read the "reviews"........they did Ms Rowling (and themselves) credit!