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Dan Brown fans won't have to wait for ebook

August 14, 2009 |  1:07 pm


Dan Brown's publisher, Doubleday, which had originally implied that an ebook of Brown's "The Lost Symbol" would be released after the hardcover's arrival, announced yesterday that the electronic version of the book would hit cyber-shelves on the same day that physical book appears in bookstores, on Sept. 15.

There are more than 80 million copies of Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" in print worldwide; "The Lost Symbol," a follow-up, also features protagonist Robert Langdon, noted Harvard symbologist.

Will readers snap up copies of the new book after a six-year break? The publisher certainly hopes so. Its original print run was said to be a mammoth 6.5 million copies. That's paper versions of the book only -- there won't be any advance tallies of ebooks.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa. Credit: Jean-Pierre Muller / AFP / Getty Images