Buying a Videogame Console on Black Friday? Here’s What You Need to Know.

A buyer’s guide to the deals you can get — and the differences among the game consoles — for anyone partaking in America’s consumerist holiday.

Harry Potter and the Astonishing iTunes Price Mix-Up

Every Harry Potter movie ever made, for $10? Too good to be true!

Activision’s Call of Duty Hits $1 Billion in Sales in 15 Days

It took one day to hit $500 million in sales, and another two weeks to double that.
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Finally, Harry Potter Is Touching Down on Amazon’s Kindle

J.K. Rowling has been one of the big holdouts, refusing to sell Harry Potter in electronic form through booksellers like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. That is apparently about to change.
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Incendio! Pottermore E-Book Sales on Fire.

$1.5 million worth of Harry Potter books sold in Pottermore’s first three days online.

J.K. Rowling’s Website Starts Selling Harry Potter E-Books

It didn’t take a Hogwarts magician to know this day would eventually come. The bookstore feature of J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website went live Tuesday, enabling English-language readers to buy the digital editions of all seven Harry Potter novels—and the audiobook editions—from anywhere in the world. Editions in French, Italian, German and Spanish will be the next wave.

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Online Audiences Are Famished for “The Hunger Games” (Though Vampires Still Rule!)

As of yesterday morning, the movie version of the popular teen novel “The Hunger Games,” which comes out Friday, accounted for 92 percent of total ticket sales on Fandango. That includes 1,200 showtimes sold-out on the online ticketing service, which recently signed various deals with AMC Theatres, Facebook and, earlier this week, Yahoo Movies. Still, the kids-fight-to-the-death film has not yet topped the online advance sales for the three “Twilight” movies or the last two in the “Harry Potter” franchise.


Four Weird Things the Internet Is Doing to Our Understanding of Television

People seem really intent these days on fusing television with the Internet. On one level this makes no sense.

Still Looking for Gift Ideas? Wal-Mart Recommends a Box for Men.

Don’t know what to get your loved one? Wal-Mart has made a list of recommendations based on people’s interests on their Facebook pages. At the very top: A keepsake box for men.

Call of Duty Grosses More Than $775 Million in Five Days to Destroy All Records

Activision’s latest Call of Duty title has shattered all previous entertainment records, grossing more than $775 million in its first five days of sales.