Tuesday, September 29, 2009

English language edition The Lost Symbol takes second spot in Germany
28.09.09 Anja Sieg - The Bookseller

Dan Brown has followed in the footsteps of J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer and has entered the German bestsellers list with The Lost Symbol. Bantam Press’ English-language original premiered as number two in the charts last week.
The book is selling especially well among the large chains, with Berlin’s leading bookseller Dussmann promoting The Lost Symbol in a coveted window facing the famous Friedrichstraße shopping mile.
While the book is not subject to German price maintenance, the widely anticipated price war has so far failed to materialise. It sells between €18,90 (Amazon.de) and €20,90 (Dussmann), with €19,95 the most common price.
In the meantime Brown’s German publisher Lübbe is putting the finishing touches to Das verlorene Symbol which is being translated by a team of six translators. The German translation will hit bookshops on October 14, the opening day of the Frankfurt Book Fair where it will feature strongly on Lübbe’s stand.

To meet the demand the publisher has upped the first print-run of 800,000 copies by another 400,000.

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