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Saturday, December 08, 2012

50/50 Shades of Grey [Infographic]

50 Shades of Grey is, of course, an erotic novel by British author E.L. James which has smashed all publishing records and created a mini-industry of me-too books and products trying to cash in on their success.

In Britain it has become the biggest-selling novel of all time, overtaking J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Worldwide, sales have now topped 65 million, with over 35 million copies sold in the US alone.

Opinions have been split down the middle about the book, with some readers loving it and others simply baffled by its popularity (and sales).

The slightly tongue-in-cheek infographic below contains some lesser-known facts about 50 Shades that might assist you if you are looking for the "secret sauce" to emulate its success!

50/50 Shades of Grey Infographic - Infographic design by NeoMam

Note that because of the size of the image and the limitations of the blogging platform I use, the graphic may not display optimally. You may therefore prefer to click through this link to view it or this link to download it.

So what do you make of the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon? Have you read the book, and - if so - did you like it? And what do you think Ms James' success can teach other "unknown" authors who are struggling to achieve sales? I'd love to hear your views!

Infographic reproduced under Creative Commons BY NC SA Licence.

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Blogger Twisties34 said...

It's made my daughter want to read for the first time in her life. I have to wait for her to finish before I have a look at what all the fuss is about.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

LOL. Hope she isn't traumatized for life!

1:01 PM  

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