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Record! 'Porn' novel crosses 10m sales mark

books Updated: May 24, 2012 12:50 IST

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Sales of hit erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has surpassed 10million, making it one of the fastest and best-selling series of all time.

EL James’ steamy novel has topped charts almost from the moment Vintage Books released it just six weeks ago.

Reprints have exceeded 900,000 copies in a single day, the publisher, part of Knopf Doubleday, announced on Tuesday.

Totals sales include paperbacks, e-books and audio books.

Anthony Chirico, president of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, told the New York Times in a statement: “The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing,” the Daily Mail reported.

“As we head into the heart of the summer reading season, sales are likely to continue exceeding even our most optimistic forecasts,” the statement read.

The Fifty Shades trilogy began as fan fiction, inspired by the Twilight series, and tells the story of how billionaire Christian Grey seduces young graduate Anastasia Steele.

Grey has a penchant for bondage and soon envelops her in a world of kinky sex, S&M and XXX-rated bedroom ‘contract’ games that make for strictly post-watershed reading only.

The books became a word-of-mouth e-book hit after first being distributed in 2011 by the Australia-based Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House.

It became a must-have among well-heeled women on New York’s Upper East Side, and was dubbed as ‘mommy porn’ after many admitted that the books made them want to have sex with their husbands.

Since Fifty Shades stormed the bestseller lists, it has inspired themed sex workshops and even Funny or Die and Saturday Night Live comedy spoofs.

Not everybody is impressed by the series’ racy content though; several libraries in Florida, Wisconsin and Georgia have banned the books

Film rights have been acquired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features.