Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' Sells 1 Million Copies In First Day
It seems like the entire world is eager to make Dan Brown even more of a millionaire, as his new book, "The Lost Symbol," sold more than 1 million copies in hardcover and e-book versions in the US, UK, and Canada in merely its first day of sale, according to the publisher, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
In light of the unprecedented market demand, the publisher went back to press just prior to publication for an additional 600,000 hardcover copies to add to the initial North American print run of 5 million copies. Brown's work has always brought good news to the publishing industry - the prequel "The Da Vinci Code"has sold 81 million copies around the world.
"Indeed, we are seeing historic, record-breaking sales across all types of our accounts in North America for THE LOST SYMBOL," commented Mr. Mehta. "We are grateful to booksellers everywhere for this incredible launch and look forward to working with them to enjoy long and great continuing success with Dan's novel."
For e-book versions," BN.com, Amazon, and Sony all said that "The Lost Symbol" all went straight to No. 1 on their electronic best-seller lists. Since coming out, "The Lost Symbol" has been the top seller on Amazon's overall list and the list for books downloaded on the Kindle.
On Amazon's Mystery and Thrillers page, the two versions are independently listed. At the top of that list is the Kindle version for $9.99. In the No. 2 slot is the hardcover version offered for $16.17. That list is updated hourly.
Amazon.com spokesman Andrew Herdener declined to say how much the book had sold in each format, but said Amazon was "extremely pleased" with sales in all categories. Herz also declined to offer more specifics.
The publisher is now on a serious lookout for websites offering pirated copies of the new book, after two sites were reported to have posted material from the book.