It was announced today that The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be made available to all Harry Potter fans in December. Here is what J.K. Rowling said about it.
There was understandable disappointment among Harry Potter fans when only one copy of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" was offered to the public last December. I am therefore delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon (who bought the handwritten copy at auction) - and with the blessing of the wonderful people who own the other six original books - "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" will now be widely available to all Harry Potter fans. Royalties will be donated to the Children's High Level Group, to benefit institutionalized children in desperate need of a voice. The new edition will include the Tales themselves, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, and with illustrations by me, but also notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters' Archive.' 'Dumbledore's commentary on the Tales, which was discovered among his papers after his death, includes some historical notes, personal reminiscences, and insights into that most mysterious branch of magic: wandlore. I very much hope that readers coming to these classic wizarding fables for the first time will find his commentary both entertaining and helpful.
The Standard Edition includes the five fairy tales from the original The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold at Auction to Amazon last year for $4 million dollars.
In addition to the Standard Edition which will be widely available there will also be a Collectors Edition of the book sold exclusively by Amazon. The Collectors Edition includes an outer case disguised as a wizarding textbook from the Hogwarts library, exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction, 10 new illustrations by J.K. Rowling not included in the Standard Edition or the original handcrafted edition, a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling's signature, metal skull, corners, clasp, replica gemstones, and an emerald ribbon. Pre-orders are being taken now on Amazon.