So, I read today's Drudge hype, and am told that the author of Harry Potter made $36,000,000 in one day. Color me cynical, or even grumpy, but why is that a big deal? She probably spent a year or two writing it, and they employed fairly draconian measures to force the simulteous worldwide release of the book, so of course it's going to have one big spike in sales. What we're going to see next is the very rapid creation of discounted clearence of the surplus.
Now, If Ms Rowling could do this at a slightly faster tempo, say 3 books per day, then she could meet my standard of extraordinary, the income of Microsoft.
Somehow I don't think she's up to the hype, or the task.