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  Chinese publishers aim to beat OOTP pirates
Updated 18 September 2003, 11.49
OOTP's been published early in China
A Chinese book company is bringing out copies of Order Of The Phoenix early in a bid to beat illegal publishers of the book.

The official Chinese language version of the fifth Harry Potter book will go on sale on Sunday - 10 days earlier than planned.

The book's been a best-seller around the world

The book company said the publication date was brought forward because loads of illegal copies of the book had turned up.

It's even offering a reward to anyone who helps it catch the people behind the scam, who are known as 'pirates'.

OOTP came out in the UK on June 21.

Online translations

Just a month later, Chinese translations started appearing online.

Soon after, illegal versions of OOTP turned up in Chinese bookshops.

The previous four Potter books proved poular with Chinese readers - with a total 5.6 million copies printed.

Wonder if they'll like OOTP too?

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