Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grey's Black Ink: Sales Top a Million in Four Days

Shelf Awareness

E.L. James's Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian has sold more than one million trade paperback, e-book and audio copies in the U.S. since its release last Thursday, Anne Messitte, publisher of Vintage Anchor, announced yesterday. Vintage has gone back to press for third, fourth and fifth printings, to bring the total of copies in print to 2.1 million.
"This is an astonishing number of books to sell over a weekend and speaks to the engagement and passion readers have for the Fifty Shades books," Messitte said. "Christian's side of the story is proving to be irresistible."

E.L. James signing at the Bookworm Box.
It was certainly irresistible in East Texas. On Saturday morning at the Bookworm Box, Sulphur Springs, Tex., James signed more than 500 copies of Grey for a crowd that had gathered during the night. 
KETR noted: "Women--and men--alike from all across the globe who follow not only James but her friend and fellow author Colleen Hoover, owner of the bookstore, attended. Some fans were from as far as Korea, Canada, Seattle, Philadelphia, Arkansas to areas of Texas from Houston, Georgetown, Dallas, Waco, Tyler, Denton along with locals and many more."

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold more than 125 million copies worldwide. The film of the first book was released in February and has earned more than $569 million at the box office. The next two films, based on the second and third books, respectively, will be released in February 2016 and February 2017.

While over in the UK The Guardian reports:

Fifty Shades of Grey sequel breaks sales records - Grey, which retells EL James’s hit story from the hero’s point of view, becomes the UK’s fastest-selling adult title ever.

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