`Da Vinci Code' finally falls

November 06, 2005|By NEW YORK TIMES

After more than two years dominating The New York Times best-seller list, The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, is dropping off the list, at least temporarily.

In the week ended Oct. 29, The Da Vinci Code ranked 16th in the statistically weighted survey of almost 4,000 bookstores and wholesalers serving 50,000 other retailers. Therefore, it will be missing from the list of the top 15 best-selling books, to be published in the Nov. 13 edition of The Times Book Review.

On the list to be published today, The Da Vinci Code ranks No. 12, in its 136th consecutive week on the list. The decline, while somewhat related to an inevitable lag in sales for a book that has been out so long, also can be traced to the publication in recent weeks of a raft of new, highly anticipated books from authors like Patricia Cornwell, Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks.

All of the books ahead of Da Vinci on the list have been on sale for five weeks or less. The release of the Da Vinci Code film is scheduled for May.

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