Lost Symbol Sets Record for Random House

Brown's DaVinci Code sequel has stunning first-week sales of 2M+
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 1:56 PM CDT
Jon Howells, press officer for Waterstone's booksellers, poses for the cameras as he reads a signed copy of author Dan Brown's new book 'The Lost Symbol' in London Sept. 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code sequel sold more than 2 million English-language copies in its first week, a Doubleday spokesman tells Publisher’s Weekly, making it the best debut Doubleday—or, for that matter, parent company Random House—has ever had. “The book is exceeding our expectations,” the spokeswoman said. The figure includes hardcovers, audiobooks and e-books. Symbol still has a ways to go, however, before matching Da Vinci, which has more than 81 million copies in print.