22 Sep 2009

It's A Record-Breaker.

Dan Brown's THE LOST SYMBOL sold well over one million copies in its first 24 hours in the shops, breaking sales records for an adult fiction title. The sales - across the UK, US and Canada - were announced by the novel's American publisher Knopf. In the UK, Waterstone's* said that as well as being the fastest ever selling hard-back adult novel (the previous holder of the record was Thomas Harris for HANNIBAL) The Lost Symbol was also it's fastest selling e-book and audio download. The record-breaking sales for Brown's thriller, however are still well short of those for J.K Rowling's HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, which sold more than 2.6 million copies in its first 24 hours in the UK alone.

SOURCE: The Guardian.

* A well known book chain store.


Kelly said...

I know it's certainly been hyped over here, even by the national news media.

The only book of his I've read is The DaVinci Code, and that more out of curiosity than anything since, as a Christian, I'd been warned away from it. I could understand the warnings once I read it, but it's fiction and didn't cause my beliefs to waver in any way. It was actually quite an exciting book... much better than the movie (but aren't they ALWAYS better than the movie?!)

I picked up the paperback of Angels & Demons thinking I'd read it before the movie came out. I still haven't gotten around to it. Too many other good things to read instead!

Speaking of, I read Dissolution by C.J.Sansom and loved it! I'll definitely be reading the others in the series. Thanks for that recommendation.

Petty Witter said...

Yes, the C.J. Sansom books are brilliant. I agree with you, Kelly regarding all the hype around the Dan Brown books. I've read The Davinci Code as well as Angels And Demons and thought they were ok but nothing too special - as for the films, I haven't seen Angels And Demons but The Davinci Code was dreadful.