Rarely has a book of fiction garnered as much critical attention and discussion as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I read it, it was an interesting and engaging book but not one that I purchased to have a bookshelf copy. However, I’m apparently in the minority because not only has it been on the best seller list forever (it’s ranked #1 at Amazon.com, for example), there are now other books coming out talking about the credibility of the storyline. But there’s a problem with that, according to the publisher…
I’ve been following this story through Publisher’s Weekly: when publisher Thomas Nelson announced that Darrell Bock was wrapping up a book called Breaking the Da Vinci Code, the Random House legal team sprung into action and sent an apparently quite strongly worded cease-and-desist letter.
As with much in the business world, though, it’s all a dance, and Nelson promptly announced that they would put a sticker on the book cover that made it clear that it wasn’t The Da Vinci Code but a book about that book. The sticker reputedly will read “A Critique of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown” and guess what? Random House has said that’s acceptable and withdrawn any threatened legal action.
For their part, Nelson is thrilled with the publicity, no doubt, and has announced that they’re moving up the publication date of Breaking the Da Vinci Code from mid-May to mid-March. So we could be reading this book, or at least seeing the stickers, in just a few weeks.