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Fifty Shades outsells Harry Potter

2012-08-02 10:27
fifty shades of grey
London - The magic of JK Rowling seems to have worn off for British readers as erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey outsold all seven Harry Potter books on on Wednesday, making author EL James the website's best-selling writer ever.

The novel also became the website's biggest-selling book of all time, eclipsing the sales of the previous record holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by more than two books to one.

"If JK Rowling was the literary phenomenon of the last decade then EL James looks certain to take that mantle in the current decade," Gordon Willoughby, EU Director of Kindle, said in a statement.

"In just four months, EL James has become's biggest-selling author of all time which is truly remarkable when you consider that we've been selling books for almost 14 years," he said.

'Mummy porn'

Fifty Shades of Grey, James' first book, tells of the sadomasochistic affair between wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey and naïve literature student Anastasia Steele.

Widely dubbed "mummy porn", the steamy novel topped book charts all over the world following its release in 2011, selling more than 4 million copies in print and on Kindle at Amazon's UK website alone since March 2012.

The x-rated book broke a separate British record in June when it became the fastest paperback to hit one million sales, taking 11 weeks to reach the mark.

Movie rights to the trilogy were bought up by Universal and Focus Features, US media reported in March.

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