Da Vinci Code author 'most donated'
His new novel is tipped to set new global sales records - but Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's works have been revealed as the books most likely to be offloaded to secondhand shops.
Brown has been named the "most donated" author in a survey of the nation's Oxfam shops as people discard his bestsellers.
But there is some comfort for both the charity and the author, whose much-anticipated book The Lost Symbol is released next month. He is also the second most sought-after writer at Oxfam shops.
Topping the best-seller list at the 700 branches is Ian Rankin, known for his hugely popular Inspector Rebus series.
Rankin is also the third most donated author. He said: "It's always good for an author to know that their books are popular. With Oxfam, it's also heartening to realise that each book donated and bought is helping such a worthwhile organisation."
The publishing world is currently gearing up for a sales frenzy with the release of Brown's fifth novel on September 15. An e-book version will be released simultaneously and the book has an initial English language print run of 6.5 million copies globally.
The Da Vinci Code has the distinction of being the biggest selling paperback of all time in the UK, and Brown has sold more than 11.7 million copies of his books since he was first published in 2003.
I've noticed this myself, how in used bookstores there is a preponderance of these books that people have offloaded. Gee, if it was such a great book, wouldn't you think people would want to hang on to it?
I didn't have this problem, of course, since, not wanting to put money into Dan Brown's pocket, I simply borrowed it from the library. As it was, the book was so eye-rollingly badly written I was still tempted to ask for my money back.