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Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is beaten only by Dan Brown after Super Thursday’s 800 hardbacks hit the shelves in the UK

Posted on 15 October 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

A deluge of 800 new hardbacks hit bookshops last Thursday but it was a translated crime novel by the late SwedishGirl who Kicked the Hor journalist Stieg Larsson which saw off celebrity autobiographies from the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Kay and Chris Evans to jostle its way to the top of the book charts.

Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest soared into second position in the UK’s book charts last week, selling 34,152 copies in just three days, according to book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan. It came in behind Dan Brown’s thriller The Lost Symbol, which remained in the number one spot for the third week in a row with sales of 79,008 copies. Larsson’s novel, the third in his bestselling Millennium crime trilogy, follows the adventures of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. It was one of the 800 hardbacks published last Thursday – 10 times the daily average, which has led to the day being christened Super Thursday by the book trade.

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Waterstone’s, which changed window displays in its stores across the country overnight on Wednesday, replacing older titles with new books from the likes of Kay, Jeremy Clarkson and Audrey Niffenegger, described the Larsson novel as its “runaway success”.

“I saw somebody buy four copies and I heard from one store where somebody bought 10,” said spokesperson Jon Howells. “Our Piccadilly store opened an hour early, at 8am, for Stieg Larsson – we’re not talking Harry Potter or Dan Brown numbers but there was a definite steady flow of people wanting to get a copy or two.”

Terry Pratchett’s new Discworld novel Unseen Academicals took third place in last week’s book charts, with fellow contenders for Christmas number one including Kay’s second volume of memoir Saturday Night Peter, Driven to Distraction by Jeremy Clarkson and Guinness World Records coming in behind.

“Super Thursday” saw an extra 180,000 books sold last week compared to the week before, according to BookScan, with an extra £3.6m taken through the tills. “It’s the first big week of Christmas book sales,” said BookScan research and development analyst André Breedt. “It’s the starting pistol for Christmas,” agreed Howells.

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Dan Brown sells 550,000 in first week and 2 million copies as at 23 September 2009

Posted on 23 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Bantam Press) sold 550,946 copies in its first five days on sale, making the The Da Vinci The Lost Symbol Code follow-up the fastest-selling adult book since records began.

Doubleday announced on 23 September 2009 that since The Lost Symbol went on sale last Tuesday it has sold more 2 million copies of the English language edition worldwide. The total includes hardcover, audio and e-book formats. Doubleday said Symbol sales were the biggest one-week sale in parent company Random House history for a single title. Doubleday said that in addition to setting one-day sales records for RH in the U.S. Canada and the U.K., the novel set first-day sales records at accounts in over 60 territories around the world.

Buoyed by a numerous deep-discounted offers at UK book retailers, and substantial pre-orders, the conspiracy thriller has smashed the previous hardback adult novel sales record already—set by Thomas Harris’ Hannibal (Heinemann), which sold 299,000 copies in its lifetime.

Just shy of £4.6m was spent on The Lost Symbol, with the numerous deep-discounted offers helping to plunge its average selling price through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market last week to just £8.27—56.5% off its £18.99 r.r.p.

It is the 53rd week Brown has topped the UK bestseller lists, following the two weeks Angels and Demons spent at the summit of the Official UK Top 50 earlier this year, and the 50 weeks The Da Vinci Code (both Corgi) spent on pole position between 2004 and 2006.

J K Rowling is the only other author to have enjoyed a weekly sale above 500,000 since BookScan records began in 1998, and still holds the all-time fastest-selling sales record. Her final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury), sold a staggering 2.6 million copies across its adult and children’s editions in its first 24-hours on sale back in July 2007.

In total, £34.9m was spent at UK book retailers last week, according to Nielsen data, up 17.8% week on week and up 12.1% on the same week last year, when Christopher Paolini’s Brisingr (Doubleday) topped the charts with a 41,028 sale.

Thirteen pence in every pound spent at UK book retailers last week went towards a copy of The Lost Symbol—a book that sold 77 copies every 60 seconds, on average, during the five days it was on sale last week.

The book also proved popular at independent bookshops, topping this week’s Independent Retail chart.

Transworld has confirmed that it will have 1.25m copies in print by the end of this week.

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Save R45! Dan Brown’s Hot New Release “The Lost Symbol” in Stock Now!

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

The Lost SymbolAt last! The suspense is over! Dan Brown’s long awaited new book “The Lost Symbol” is now in stock!

In The Lost Symbol, master symbologist Robert Langdon returns. But what is the lost symbol and will he find it in time?

Dan Brown took 5 years to write The Lost Symbol, a story that takes place in just 12 exhilarating hours.

Dan Brown’s new novel, the eagerly awaited follow-up to his #1 international phenomenon, The Da Vinci Code, which was the bestselling hardcover adult novel of all time with 81 million copies in print worldwide, has been published by Doubleday and is now for sale as of today the 15th of September.

THE LOST SYMBOL will have a first printing of 5 million copies, and once again features Dan Brown’s unforgettable protagonist, Robert Langdon. Brown’s longtime editor, Jason Kaufman, Vice President and Executive Editor at Doubleday said, “Nothing ever is as it first appears in a Dan Brown novel. This book’s narrative takes place in a twelve-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.”

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The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, publishing on 15 September 2009

Posted on 07 August 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Dan Brown’s new novel, the eagerly awaited follow-up to his #1 international phenomenon, The Da Vinci Code, which was the bestselling hardcover adult novel of all time with 81 million copies in print worldwide, will be published in the U.S. and Canada by Doubleday on September 15, 2009.

The Lost Symbol will have a first printing of 5 million copies, and it will once again feature Dan Brown’s unforgettable protagonist, Robert Langdon. The announcement was made today by Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

“This is a great day for readers and booksellers,” said Mehta.”The Lost Symbol is a brilliant and compelling thriller. Dan Brown’s prodigious talent for storytelling, infused with history, codes and intrigue, is on full display in this new book. This is one of the most anticipated publications in recent history, and it was well worth the wait.”

Brown’s longtime editor, Jason Kaufman, Vice President and Executive Editor at Doubleday said, “Nothing ever is as it first appears in a Dan Brown novel. This book’s narrative takes place in a twelve-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.”

“This novel has been a strange and wonderful journey,” said Brown. “Weaving five years of research into the story’s twelve-hour timeframe was an exhilarating challenge. Robert Langdon’s life clearly moves a lot faster than mine.”

The audio version of The Lost Symbol will be published in North America in September by Random House Audio.

The Da Vinci Code, published by Doubleday on March 18, 2003, spent 144 weeks on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller list, 54 of them at #1—the position at which it debuted. The novel has been translated into 51 languages.

The film of The Da Vinci Code was a #1 box office smash when it was released by Columbia Pictures in May 2006 with Ron Howard directing and Tom Hanks starring as Robert Langdon. Box office receipts were $758 million. The same team will release Angels and Demons theatrically worldwide on May 15, 2009.

Following the publication of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s earlier novels, Digital Fortress, Deception Point and Angels and Demons have all gone on to become multi-million copy international bestsellers.

The Lost Symbol will be published in the U.K. on September 15th by Transworld Publishers, a division of The Random House Group who has published all of Brown’s novels.

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Transworld set to stir up Dan Brown frenzy

Posted on 07 August 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

Transworld will whip up a Dan Brown frenzy with a marketing and PR campaign starting a week before global release of The Lost Symbol on 15th September.

The ad campaign, which will run for two weeks from 7th September, is being put together in conjunction with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which releases the DVD and Blu-ray editions of the “Angels and Demons” film on the 14th. It includes backlit high street posters running nationally, as well as giant 48-sheet posters across the UK rail network and on roadsides, and posters on buses in London and Dublin. An extensive TV campaign from Sony will also include The Lost Symbol.

Transworld head of media relations Alison Barrow said: “No-one can be complacent. We in the trade all know the book is coming but there are a huge amount of people out there who don’t, so we are whipping up excitement.” Barrow added it was “highly unlikely” that publicity-shy Brown would visit the UK.

Transworld is in advanced negotiations with a national newspaper over serialisation, which is to appear shortly before publication. However with the book heavily embargoed until 0.01am on 15th September, review copies are not going out in advance. A night team at Transworld will be on hand to courier copies to journalists at midnight. 

Barrow added that delivery of books to shops is being hedged around with “incredibly tight” embargoes and close attention to security. W H Smith would not comment on its launch plans, but a Waterstone’s spokesperson said the chain would be following its usual trading hours.

Random House has confirmed it will be publishing an e-book of The Lost Symbol, but details on price and timing remain under wraps.

Commentary by charts editor Philip Stone:

While the trade is hoping Dan Brown will have a knock-on effect on sales, a “Brown bounce” is not necessarily guaranteed. In 2004, when The Da Vinci Code took off, Brown was worth £18.6m to UK retailers, while spending on non-Brown (“underlying”) fiction sales grew 2.9% to £385.8m.

However, in 2005, when Brown was worth £28.2m (or 6.9% of all fiction), underlying fiction sales fell 0.8% year-on-year. In 2006, spending on Brown slumped to £11.5m or just 2.7% of the market but underlying fiction sales surged 7.2% to £410.1m.

And in 2007, when Brown was worth just 0.3% of the market, underlying fiction sales shot up almost 12%. So the data suggests the bigger the Brown, the slower the growth of the rest of the fiction market. Or does it? It is worth noting that last year, when Brown was worth just 0.1% of the market, cash spending on fiction fell 1.3%, hence the lament, “What the market really needs is another Dan Brown!” As the data suggests, it’s a mystery whether it really does.

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Posted on www.thebookseller.com 07-08-2009

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