Dan Brown Embargo

We probably don’t need to remind you that Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol will be released a week from today.

Random House is sending out 5 million copies and trying to keep them all under lock and key until 12 a.m. Sept 15th. The publisher sent a special letter booksellers, reminding them of their signed affidavits to abide by the release date.

Amazon claims that they have their supply in a chain-link enclosure, with double locks and a 24-hour guard.

Most libraries won’t receive their shipments from wholesalers until 9/14 and will have the problem of getting the books processed and assigned to fill holds by opening time on Tuesday, while also keeping them out of the hands of rabid fans.

The publisher has issued this special plea to libraries,

And we know you’ll probably have a few crazies hovering around the desk a couple days early, inquiring about copies, then inquiring again, then trying to peak around the desk, etc. But please, please don’t lend them out early.
Even if our affadvits seem a little overblown, we’re strongly urging libraries to hold on to the books until the 15th, even though you’re not selling them.
Putting Harry Potter out early caused some major headaches for those who’ve done it, not to mention the chaos it causes above and below me here in New York. So if you have to keep the lurkers occupied, you can always give them a puzzle or two. God knows that’s what they want in the end.

Even if our affadvits seem a little overblown, we’re strongly urging libraries to hold on to the books until the 15th…

Putting Harry Potter out early caused some major headaches for those who’ve done it, not to mention the chaos it causes … here in New York.

The Lost Symbol
Dan Brown
Retail Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Books – (2009-09-15)
ISBN / EAN: 0385504225 / 9780385504225

Also in unabridged audio:

  • CD: $50
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (September 15, 2009);
  • ISBN-10: 0739319175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739319178

Also from Books on Tape:

  • CD: $100; 9780307704054
  • Narrator: Paul Michael
  • Release Date: 9/15

And large type:

  • Paperback: $31.00
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print; (September 15, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0375434526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375434525

Both the book and audio will be downloadable from OverDrive.

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