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First paperback of “Da Vinci Code” due in March
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dan Brown’s publisher will bring out the first U.S. paperback edition of his blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” on March 28, ahead of the May release of the film adaptation starring Tom Hanks, the company said on Monday.
With sales of the hardback edition still booming nearly three years after it was first published, the tale of church conspiracy and murder is expected to see another spike in sales linked to the eagerly awaited Columbia Pictures movie, directed by Ron Howard.
Random House imprint Anchor Books said it would publish 5 million paperback copies in mass market and trade editions, as well as trade paperback version of the special illustrated edition. Doubleday will also publish a book about the making of the film on May 19 to coincide with its opening.
Originally published in March 2003, “The Da Vinci Code” is one of the most successful, and controversial, books in U.S. publishing history.
The novel has been condemned by the Roman Catholic Church because the plot is based on the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children, whose descendants are alive in the present day.
Despite more than 40 million copies in print worldwide in 44 languages, the novel’s literary merits have been questioned by critics and it has attracted lawsuits, so far unsuccessful, claiming it was plagiarized.
“The Da Vinci Code” has spent 144 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, 54 of them at number one. The book currently has 12 million copies in print in North America.