Stieg Larsson, a Swedish journalist and detective novelist best known for his Millenium Trilogy, has become the first author to sell more than 1 million e-books in the Kindle Store, reported by Mashable.com.
The three books in the posthumously published trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, are all among the Kindle Store’s 10 bestselling books of all time.
As of March 2010, the Trilogy has sold more than 27 million copies in physical and digital in more than 40 countries. In 2008, Larsson was the bestselling author in the world behind author Khaled Hosseini.
E-books are taking up an ever increasing percentage of book sales last week, Amazon announced that it is now selling more e-books than hardcovers. The book publishing and retailing world is taking note, resulting in newly launched e-bookstores, and disputes between publishers and literary agencies about e-book rights. Some prominent authors are foregoing the traditional publication process altogether and selling their work directly to platforms like the iPad via the App Store.
To honor the occasion, Larsson was invited to the Kindle Million Club, which acknowledges authors whose entire body of work has sold more than 1 million copies in the Kindle Store. We expect that he’ll soon be joined by many other bestselling authors.