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Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Coming in Hardcover Editions

Doubleday will release E L James Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in $26.95 hardcover editions on January 29. The first combined print run will be 200,000 copies.

Ever since Vintage published the formerly self-published series last spring, the trilogy has sold more than 35 million copies in the United States and 65 million copies worldwide (counting both paperback and digital sales).

Here’s more from the publisher: “The hardcovers will include the full text of each novel, enhanced by these features: Embossed book jackets (adapted from the iconic paperback design). Themed endpapers (ties, masks, handcuffs). Rough front pages. E L James-signature-stamped book cover. Red silk ribbon markers. These editions will be sold both as individual titles, and as a shrink-wrapped set of the three books.”

 

Celebrities Reading Fifty Shades of Grey

E.L. James became the first author to be named Publishers Weekly‘s Person of the Year.

Many members of the publishing community, such as Washinton Post fiction editor Ron Charles, have shared their opinions about this announcement. Celebrities have also weighed in on the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

As rumors continue to circulate about a film adaptation, we’ve rounded-up four videos featuring celebrities reading the book.

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E L James Is Publishers Weekly’s Person of the Year

Today E L James became the first author ever named Publishers Weekly‘s Person of the Year, an annual award given to publishing leaders “shaping and, sometimes, transforming, the publishing industry.”

As part of the award, James will get a cover story and interview in the magazine. She joins a list of winners that includes David Shanks, Larry Kirshbaum, Jeff Bezos and Len Riggio.

Co-editorial director Jim Milliot explained the choice: “From boosting sales of print books through bookstores to putting a spotlight on a genre that had received little publicity, E.L. James’ impact on various parts of the book business cannot be overstated … She is well deserving of our Person of the Year award.”

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The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey

The French publisher Lattes has sent “warning letters” to publishers it feels are infringing on the copyright of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Telegraph had this quote from editorial director Laurent Laffont: ”Some of these titles, which pick up on elements of the book, are clearly parasitical … We would like those planning new releases next year to know that we are watching very closely to ensure they are not parasitical.”

Online authors should never forget that readers can travel backwards in Internet time and explore their earlier work. Author E L James scored a seven-figure book deal to publish the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and a movie deal quickly followed.

This erotica bestseller began as a work of Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe, earning a massive fan fiction following years before the book deal. Most traces of this fan fiction history have been removed from the Internet. Using the Wayback Machine, we were able to take snapshots from James’ old work–getting a peek into the book’s previous incarnation as an X-rated version of the Twilight story.

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One Shade of Grey at Persephone Books

The Piccadilly branch of the UK bookseller Waterstones spoofed E. L. James and Fifty Shades of Grey, creating an eye-catching display of titles from Persephone Books–the sleek covers all decorated with the same “One Shade of Grey.”

We’ve embedded a photograph of the display above, it reads: “Oh the bliss of Persephone Books! Beautiful editions of titles by neglected female writers.” Persephone Books is a UK publisher that releases both fiction and nonfiction. You can explore their catalog at this link.

Here’s more from the publisher: “Waterstones in Piccadilly has become our new favourite shop ever – totally without telling us they have done this fantastic display – very many thanks to cathyreadsbooks for taking the photograph. For weeks we have resisted making comments about really good grey books as opposed to really not good – ‘One Shade of Grey’ is a far wittier way of doing it.” (Via.)

Fifty Shades of Grey Book Burnings Stoke Controversy

On November 5th, UK-based anti-domestic violence group Wearside Women in Need plans to burn copies of E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

According to Mail Online, director Clare Phillipson championed the bonfire after reading two-thirds of the novel. She explained: “we have libraries wasting and grossly misusing public money to buy a book which says: ‘domestic violence is sexy.’”

The New York Daily News reported that Ohio-based DJs Chad Zumock and Alan Cox also hosted a Fifty Shades burning back in July 2012. Cox argued that their event did not advocate censorship because all the participants joined in voluntarily.

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Soundtrack on Spotify

Record label EMI is capitalizing on the Fifty Shades of Grey erotica sensation by releasing a new soundtrack to go along with the book.

Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album is meant to be listened to while reading the three book series. It has 15 tracks on the album, including music that is mentioned in the book such as The Tallis Scholars’ performance of Spem in Alium, Flower Duet from Lakmé, Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and the aria from Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

If you want to sample ALL the music in the book, try Meg Latimore‘s massive Fifty Shades soundtrack mix (Spotify link). It includes 212 songs and 15 hours of music…

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E.L. James’ Husband Inks Book Deal for NaNoWriMo Novel

British television writer Niall Leonard has landed a book deal with the UK division of Random House Children’s Publishing. Leonard is also the husband of Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy author E.L. James.

Crusher began during National Novel Writing Month and is the first installment of a YA trilogy. According to The Bookseller, fiction editor Annie Eaton negotiated the deal with literary agent Valerie Hoskins of Valerie Hoskins Associates.

Here’s more from the article: “Crusher, a ‘gritty’ London-set thriller about a 17-year-old school dropout who finds his stepfather murdered and becomes prime suspect for the crime, will be published by the Doubleday young adult imprint in September.”

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Box Set Sold 84,000 Copies in a Week

Random House released E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey trilogy as a box set on June 12th. Publishers Weekly reported that “the set sold nearly 84,000 print copies in its first full week.”

The individual books currently occupy the top three spots on The New York Times bestseller list for combined print & eBook fiction. So far, they have retained a position on the list for fifteen weeks. The box set by itself holds the #6 spot.

Salon.com noted that novelist Bret Easton Ellis tweeted his plans to adapt the book into a film script. According to The Huffington Post, several Hollywood actresses have expressed interest in playing the lead heroine including Nancy Drew star Emma Roberts and The Twilight Saga star Kristen Stewart. Who would you cast as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey?

Dr. Ruth Endorses ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t need celebrity blurbs to sell books, but the great Dr. Ruth recently delivered an enthusiastic video endorsement of the erotic book.

Sex therapist and author Dr. Ruth Westheimer has posted more than 60 videos on YouTube, sharing tips and recommendations for her readers. You can watch her talk about E. L. James‘ book in the video embedded above–do you agree?

Here’s an excerpt from the video: “If this guy described here–his name is Christian Grey–if he were available and if I were much, much younger and not married, let’s say, I would also go for a night with him. Not because of the sadistic element (that’s not for me), but because he has a plane, he has a helicopter and he knows how to deal with women. He is very smooth and he knows how to make love.”

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