Future's Here: Dan Brown Kindle Sales Top Hardcover

Here’s something to get conspiracy theorists buzzing: Dan Brown fans would rather read his latest thriller on a screen than on the paper page

According to sales figures for the The Lost Symbol, the latest in the Landon series the author of The DaVinci Code, the Amazon e-book version of the 528-page tome is outselling the hardcover edition since it was released to the public Tuesday.

And that’s not peanuts – the book has already broken Barnes & Noble’s one-day adult-fiction sales record.

Author to Revive Da Vinci Code Hero in New Book

As long promised, The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is putting his hero, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, back to work. Random House will release 5 million copies of Langdon’s latest adventure, to be titled The Lost Symbol, on Sept. 15, reports the book-industry trade publication Publishers Weekly.

Cannes: The Croisette & Croissants

The Croisette and croissants are key to the Cannes Film Festival. Figure out how to negotiate the first, a beautiful seaside promenade, and where to get decent samples of the second and you are set to survive the annual madness that is France’s Cannes Film Festival.

The festival kicked off Wednesday night with the world premiere of The Da Vinci Code. Despite the presence of stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Ian McKellen on the red carpet for the opening, the film was greeted by tepid audience response and thumbs down from most critics (including this one.)

Dan Brown Cleared in Da Vinci Code Case

A British judge has rejected a claim by two writers that The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown stole his premise from their earlier work of nonfiction, CNN reports.

The lawsuit, brought by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh against Brown’s publisher, Random House, charged that Brown “appropriated the architecture” of their 1982 book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (published in the U.S. as Holy Blood, Holy Grail).

Ruling Awaited in Da Vinci Code Case

Arguments in the Da Vinci Code copyright-infringement case closed on Monday in London with the lawyer for the plaintiffs suggesting that author Dan Brown’s testimony was unreliable. He also questioned why Brown’s wife Blythe, who helped research the book, was not called to testify.

Attorney Jonathan Rayner James, whose clients Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh say Brown stole their ideas for his best seller (and who are suing the book’s publishers), said the novelist’s testimony should be treated with “deep suspicion,” the Associated Press reports.

Tom Hanks in Talks for The Da Vinci Code

CAST: Despite some rumblings that the role would go to Russell Crowe, and novelist Dan Brown’s own description of his hero as looking like Indiana Jones in tweeds, Tom Hanks is being asked to play scholarly supersleuth Robert Langdon in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s movie version of the runaway bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. Variety and the Hollywood Reporter say the movie starts shooting next year. Hanks, 48, also made 1995’s Apollo 13 with the director and producer, and 1984’s Splash! with Howard.