Doubleday has announced that it will be giving away free e-books of
The free download isn't exactly a conspiracy, but it is, clearly, part marketing: Besides the best-selling art-historical whodunit, the ebook will include the prologue and first chapter of Brown's forthcoming thriller "Inferno," also featuring renowned symbologist Robert Langdon, which will be published in May. The free e-book deal is a natural digital outgrowth of teasing a sequel by including a first chapter in the back pages of a paperback.
"The landscape of publishing has changed dramatically over the past ten years," Knopf Doubleday Chairman Sonny Mehta said in a release. "The original publication of 'The DaVinci Code' preceded the e-book era. What better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this modern classic than by making it available on a multiplicity of platforms and devices while simultaneously offering fans a riveting sample of Dan's latest work."
Doubleday also announced today that Brown will be making a single U.S. appearance in conjunction with "Inferno's" publication. He will speak at the Avery Fisher Hall at
In "Inferno," Langdon, the hero of "The Da Vinci Code,"
"The Da Vinci Code" e-books can be downloaded free from all major e-book retailers.