Sales for ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy reach 100 million copies

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Fifty Shades of Grey” has joined the 100 million club.

A general view of the best-selling book 'Fifty Shades of Grey' at SiriusXM's 'Fishbowl studio' on May 11, 2012 in New York City.

Vintage Books announced Wednesday that sales for E L James’ sexually explicit trilogy have reached 100 million copies and have spent 100 weeks on The New York Times’ paperback bestseller list. The novels have been translated into 51 languages, including Hebrew, Icelandic and Korean. With a film adaptation planned for 2015, many more sales are likely.

James’ books, which originated as fan fiction inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” books, immediately topped bestseller lists after Vintage acquired them in 2012. Vintage is an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Organizations: New York Times, Penguin Random House

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