The bestselling 50 Shades of Grey trilogy is set to rake in even more cash: The books will be released in hardcover in time for Valentine’s Day. With their availability in that format, the trilogy will have completed a traditional publishing cycle almost entirely in reverse.
Amazon announced that “The Hunger Games” is now its bestselling series in the United States, beating Harry Potter. Publisher Scholastic said last month that the trilogy has sold over 50 million copies in the United States since its publication in 2008.
Random House UK announced that E.L. James’ erotic novel “50 Shades of Grey,” which started out as self-published Twilight fan fiction, is now the bestselling book of all time in the country — apparently beating out any single Harry Potter title.
A little over a year after Amazon announced that it was selling more ebooks than print books in the U.S., the company has hit the same milestone in the UK. Another surprise: “50 Shades” author E.L. James has sold more books than J.K. Rowling on Amazon.co.uk.
For better or worse, the self-published erotic trilogy ’50 Shades’ is now a bona fide smash, attracting a seven figure deal from Random House and plans for a movie. No surprise then, it’s also spawning a spate of imitations and borderline rip-offs.
This weekly feature tells the backstory of how one e-book became a bestseller, and highlights bestselling titles that are selling more copies in digital than in print. This week: The next “50 Shades of Grey”?
Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotic novel that started out as Twilight fan fiction and that will now be re-published by Random House’s Vintage,…
Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotic novel that has risen to the top of the NYT and Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) bestseller lists primarily through word…