Dan Brown Day

Today, of course, is Dan Brown Day, not only here, but around the world; The Guardian reports that people began queuing for the book at 4 am outside of Waterstone’s in London today. American bookstores were gearing up for the onslaught yesterday, reports the Wall Street Journal, (Booksellers See Savior in ‘Symbol’ ).

Brown may escape the curse of being hated by reviewers for being popular. Both the NYT and the LA Times broke the embargo on reviews yesterday with surprisingly positive assessments (it was the populist Janet Maslin, NOT the famously difficult-to-please Michiko Kakutani, who reviewed it for the NYT).

Louis Bayard gives the book a less enthusiastic, but still positive review in The Washington Post today; he’s a bit bothered by lapses in logic, but entertained overall. He does worry that the book will “turn our city into a minefield of occultism,” as Brown’s earlier books did for Paris, London and Rome.

Libraries are showing the heaviest holds on a title to date; four large libraries have a total of 6,038 holds on 1,607 copies, tripling the number of holds that were waiting for James Patterson’s Alex Cross’s Trial when it was released. And that’s only for the print book; holds on the audio and large type editions are also heavy.

Many are already sick of the endless promotion of the book.  Oh, please. Try to enjoy this moment before you return to grumbling that reading is on the decline  and publishers don’t know how to market.

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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