The Internet giant of book sales revealed today that it was behind the purchase of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" in auction yesterday. Amazon paid $3.98 million for the handwritten manuscript -- a record for a children's book and for any modern literary manuscript, not to mention JK Rowling herself, reports Bloomberg. The money will go to a charity co-founded by the "Harry Potter" author.
The book is a collection of fairytales mentioned in a Harry Potter novel. Amazon has displayed photos of the manuscript, one of just seven copies, on its Web site. "Even before establishing her charity, J.K. Rowling had done the world a rare and immeasurably valuable service -- enlarging forever our concept of the way books can touch people," Amazon's Jeff Bezos said.