What I Think is Really Going on in Publishing

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March 2013
by Roy M Carlisle

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According to Nielsen’s BookScan service, the first book in the Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, sold 6,345,387 copies in trade paper in the United States between its publication date in April 2012 and the end of that year. Other sources state that the series has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, with book rights having been sold in 37 countries, and it has set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, selling even faster than the Harry Potter series in paperback.

Of course, the most interesting part of the story is that this was Twilight-series fan fiction that was published first on a Website, then by the Writer’s Coffee Shop in Australia as an e-book and a POD paperback….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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