The digital two-fer, which marks the 10th anniversary of DVC, will be available until March 24 at e-book retailers, the company said. Fans will also get the prologue and first chapter of "Inferno," which is scheduled for a May 14 release.
It's a smart move for Doubleday. It doesn't cost much to offer the DVC download -- everyone in the whole world has already read the thriller. And for years, publishers have been tacking on first chapters to the end of printed books, usually when it is part of a series. Knowing Brown's break-neck pacing and cliff-hanger style, I bet the giveaway will hook lots of readers on "Inferno."
"The original publication of "The Da Vinci Code" preceded the e-book era," Sonny Mehta, chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, said in a prepared statement. "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 said that Brown will make just one public appearance as part of the "Inferno" rollout, speaking at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on the evening of May 15. If you can't get to New York, don't worry. Doubleday will live-stream the event to bookstores and libraries nationwide. As the date gets closer, I'll post a list of viewing spots in the Baltimore area.