Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world`s largest bookseller, announced today The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown has broken all previous one day sales for adult fiction in the first 24 hours of its release at its retail stores and online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com). The company also said that the eBook edition of The Lost Symbol is now the number one title in its eBookstore.The Ventura County Star of Camarillo, California reported:
At Borders in Oxnard, inventory supervisor Elisha Ellsworth said that “normally we get 20 to 30 copies if it’s a big new title. For this one we got 300.” The store opened at 9 a.m. rather than 10, Ellsworth said, but “it was a smaller turnout than we expected.”The UK's Telegraph reports:
The Kindle edition of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol . . . has become the top-selling item on Amazon.com. The e-reader edition is outselling the hardback copy of the novel, which had previously become the sixth best selling book of 2009 on pre-publication orders alone.The Telegraph points out that the Kindle edition costs $9.99 while the hardback version of The Lost Symbol on Amazon is selling for $16.17. The newspaper wonders out loud if "the book is heralding a new era in publishing" because of the robust e-book sales.
The Lost Symbol, published by Doubleday Books, had a first print run of five million copies.