OPRAH'S FIRST-EVER LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBCAST CLASS ENROLLMENT FOR THE #1 BESTSELLING A NEW EARTH SURPASSES HALF A MILLION IN FOUR WEEKS
A NEW EARTH BY ECKHART TOLLE HOLDS THE RECORD FOR THE MOST COPIES EVER SHIPPED BY PENGUIN GROUP (USA) IN A FOUR-WEEK PERIOD, 3.45 MILLION
Upcoming Webinar Attracting Readers from 125 Countries
To register, log onto www.oprah.com/anewearth
CHICAGO—Thursday, February 28, 2008 - Since A New Earth was named the 61st Oprah's Book Club selection on January 30, 2008 and Winfrey announced that she will join author and renowned spiritual leader Eckhart Tolle for the first time ever to teach a free, live interactive webinar exclusively on Oprah.com, more than 500,000 people—representing 125 countries from around the world—already have registered. This book holds the record for the most copies ever shipped by Penguin Group (USA) in a four-week period, 3.45 million.
Each weekly class will correspond to a chapter from A New Earth with the 90-minute discussion focusing on each chapter's theme. During the week prior to the live Web event, students can access their personal interactive workbook—a guided online journal that complements each webinar session—that provides introspective questions as well as related exercises for awakening. The 10 weekly sessions will be webcast every Monday night from March 3 through May 5, at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. To register for the class, log onto www.oprah.com/anewearth.
Brian Tart, President & Publisher of Dutton and editor of the book said, "Sales thus far have been incredible. It really has been a phenomenon and the webinar is sure to create even more sales momentum in the market."
"For the first four weeks on sale, A New Earth is our bestselling Oprah's Book Club title," said buyer Jules Herbert of Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in the country.
Penguin Group's A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle is the #1 bestselling nonfiction trade paperback book in the nation, retaining the #1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list for four straight weeks. It currently also tops the USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Book Sense bestseller lists, among others. Plume, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), initially shipped 776,000 copies and—after only four weeks on sale—has more than 4.7 million copies in print and has shipped 3.45 million copies to date.
Readers around the world have been sharing how the book has enriched their lives, including such celebrities as:
Jim Carrey: "I think one of the most important questions that people ask in life is who am I and why am I here? This book gets as close to an answer as any book could ever get."
Russell Simmons: "When you get it, it's like a key turning inside you. Eckhart Tolle offers that bridge from this unconscious state that we live in to the state that we are evolving towards, like it or not."
Jenny McCarthy: "What happened to me as I was reading 'A New Earth,' I can best describe it as someone came and woke me up out of a dream and the dream just happened to be my entire life. It definitely made me realize that I was playing a role."
Guy Ritchie: "One of the first categories of people I think should read this book is anyone who suffers any form of anxiety or any form of fear...I think, in that respect, this could be the most liberating thing they could ever read."
The upcoming webinar for A New Earth on Oprah.com is sponsored in part by Skype, Post-It and Chevy.
For more information, contact: Marilyn Ducksworth at Penguin Group (USA) at 212.366.2564 or Angela De Paul at Harpo at 312.633.1182.