According to the United Nations News Service,
the new Harry Potter book (which was released yesterday) is such a hot seller that post offices worldwide are expected set new records for delivering copies of the same book on a single day.
United Nations Universal Postal Union estimates that more than 2.4 million copies of the book will be distributed in the United States, Canada and Britain.
It goes on to say, "In the US, "1.8 million Harry Potter books are expected to be delivered. An estimated 80,000 will be delivered by Canada Post, while in Britain, the Royal Mail will distribute 600,000 copies, with approximately one in 43 households receiving the book."
To fulfil all deliveries, postal operators have adopted innovative solutions according to the UPU.
The German and Swiss postal services began distributing books shortly after midnight in 2003 and 2005, and plan to do the same this year.
Employees of the Swiss Post observed that many people who had forgotten that they had ordered the book were extremely surprised to see the postman making a delivery in the middle of the night.
Shown above are seven new Harry Potter stamps which were also released yesterday by Great Britain. They depict the covers of each of the Harry Potter books.