IT has been panned by critics and is certainly the most talked about book of the year.
And just four months after its publication in book form, Fifty Shades of Grey is outselling Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, say experts.
EL James’s erotic novel, released as an e-book last June and in book form in April, has sold 5.3million print and digital copies, according to publishers Random House.
The other books in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, have sold 3.6million and 3.2million copies.
Industry experts Nielsen Bookscan began compiling figures in 1998, and since 2003 The Da Vinci Code has held the record for the UK’s best-selling book.
It has sold 5.2million copies to date in the UK and the final Harry Potter instalment, The Deathly Hallows, has sold 4.6million, said industry bible The Bookseller.
While Highway Code has sold 4.9 million.