J.K. Rowling's 'Beedle the Bard' is a big deal

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In case you haven't logged into Amazon.com and searched for anything today, Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling has announced a new tome sure to empty piggy banks everywhere.

Tbdbeedlethebard080108 The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a collection of five wizardful tales written by Rowling, is going to be published for charity, the AP reports. The Children's High Level Group, co-founded by the author to help support institutionalized children, hopes to raise $8 million through sales of the book. At $12.99 apiece (or $100 for a special leather bound edition) starting Dec. 4, they'll probably make that in the first hour.

Rowling said the new edition would include her illustrations and introduction, the stories themselves and commentaries by Albus Dumbledore, sending geeks everywhere into a tizzy. She had previously produced the book in seven handwritten volumes, giving away six and auctioning the last to Amazon for almost $4 million. Boy, that's looking like a good investment these days.

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