With just 57 more days to go until the release of Dan Brown's anticipated novel, Inferno, his publisher (Doubleday) has announced that the eBook version of The Da Vinci Code will be downloadable for free from now until March 24. As a bonus, your eBook will include the prologue and first chapter from Inferno!
In further news, Brown's only publicity appearance for Inferno will be held at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday, May 15. Fear not, though, non-New Yorkers—the 7:30 p.m. (EDT) event will be streamed live to bookstores and libraries across the country. Check with your local library and/or bookstore to see if they will be participating.
Do you plan on rereading The Da Vinci Code or The Lost Symbol before the release of Inferno? Is Inferno the book you're most looking forward to reading this summer, or is there another book you're counting down the days to read?
Robert Langdon, the brilliant Harvard symbologist from Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003) and The Lost Symbol (2009), returns in Brown's next novel. Inferno will be published on May 14.
The title was released this morning in a manner befitting Brown's puzzling, twisting novels: Doubleday and NBC News' TODAY invited Dan Brown fans to help reveal the title through social media posts. Each Facebook or Twitter user who posted about the upcoming book revealed a tile of an online digital HashtagArt mosaic until the title was revealed. Click here to see some of the funniest and best title guesses.
According to Doubleday, Inferno is the long-awaited follow-up to The Lost Symbol: "Set in the heart of Europe, Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces."
Author Dan Brown said in a later statement, “Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm . . . a landscape of codes, symbols and more than a few secret passageways.”
We can't wait! Can you? How do you think it will measure up to Browns' previous books?
Here's one item we can guarantee will be found under many readers' trees this holiday season: a boxed set of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. Packaged in a slipcase, the three books include maps and beautifully designed endpapers. The set also includes On Stieg Larsson, a collection of essays about and correspondence with the author. Retail price is $99, and you can buy them on November 26.
Either of these on your gift list—or wish list!—this year?
An Amazon spokesman said in an email that "the big surprise" was that the edition of the book for the company's Kindle electronic-book reader outsold hardcover editions on the book's release day, excluding pre-orders.
The US/UK jackets for Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol were released today. What do you think? Will you be scouring the cover for "clues" to the book's content, or are you happy to wait until the novel's release?
For those of you who can't read the fine print/details on the US jacket, this red wax seal includes the image of a Phoenix, the number 33, and the Latin phrase, "Ordo ae Chao," (Order from chaos). But what does it mean?!? Apparently if you follow Brown on Twitter (@lostsymbolbook) or Facebook, you too can devote your summer to piecing together clues about the plot of his long-awaited book. Or you can just wait until September 15. I figure with a 6.5 million print run, there will be enough copies to go around.
And now, I'll leave you with a link to a clip from the "Today Show," where Matt Lauer shows the Lost Symbol cover and describes Brown as an author whose books are "pretty well read." You could say that, Matt.
While the Internet has been abuzz with news about Dan Brown’s latest novel, The Lost Symbol, for weeks, we thought our Book Case readers might want a bit more on Brown. Years (and several title incarnations) in the making, the long-awaited follow-up to The Da Vinci Code will be released from Doubleday on September 15th, 2009.
When the news of this momentous publication hit the web, The Lost Symbol shot to #1 on Amazon.com almost immediately. And B&N.com is offering pre-order customers a whopping 40% discount. With an unprecedented first printing of five million copies, we’re sure the folks at Doubleday are hoping to break all kinds of pre-order—and overall—sales records.
About The Lost Symbol, Brown’s longtime editor, Jason Kaufman, says, “Nothing ever is as it first appears in a Dan Brown novel. This book’s narrative takes place in a 12-hour period, and from the first page, Dan’s readers will feel the thrill of discovery as they follow Robert Langdon through a masterful and unexpected new landscape. The Lost Symbol is full of surprises.”
While you’re waiting for publication of The Lost Symbol, you can check out Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of Angels & Demons, the prequel to The Da Vinci Code, which hits theaters nationwide on May 15th. Fan favorite Tom Hanks stars again as Robert Langdon, and this time we’ll watch Landgon track a legendary secret society, the Illuminati, and their connection with the recent murder of renowned physicist.
So which Dan Brown event are you more excited about—the movie of the summer or the bestseller of the fall?