What’s black and white and green all over? 50 Shades of Grey, of course. The bestselling and controversial adult novel from E.L. James has sold over 10 million copies in print and digital since Random House acquired publishing rights from independent publishing start-up Writers Coffee Shop. And it’s not even summer reading season.
“Six weeks after Random House took over the publication, and distribution, of E.L. James’s trilogy, the series has already gone through 60 printings, and captured a whopping 25% of the adult fiction market,” PW’s Andrew Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.
In reviews, Rose Fox, PW reviews editor who blogs at Genreville, tells of a blogger who takes to audio: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson covers a range of episodes and escapades that includes the author’s first acid trip, and why she mistook her husband’s marriage proposal for a murder attempt.
Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.