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50 Shades of Gray #1 Selling Kindle Book of All Time
The Daily Mail ^ | 6-26-12 | Deborah Arthurs

Posted on 06/27/2012 7:15:22 AM PDT by trailhkr1

Fifty Shades Of Grey has become the number one best-selling Kindle book of all time at Amazon.co.uk, it was revealed today. Despite the trilogy only being published in March this year, the racy international best-sellers - dubbed 'mummy porn' - have sold over one million copies in the online store's Kindle department, while author EL James has become the bestselling author of the year on the site as a whole.

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1 posted on 06/27/2012 7:15:25 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1

Pretty funny that a book I’ve never heard of is the best seller of all time.


2 posted on 06/27/2012 7:16:17 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

You’ve never heard of the Bible?


3 posted on 06/27/2012 7:17:31 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1254 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: cuban leaf
best seller of all time.

Best seller of Amazon United Kingdom Kindle

sort of subset of "all time"

4 posted on 06/27/2012 7:18:45 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: null and void

Best selling KINDLE book. Not best selling book.


5 posted on 06/27/2012 7:19:14 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: justice14

Best selling Kindle book, on Amazon, in the UK.

Biggest frog, across the pond...


6 posted on 06/27/2012 7:22:30 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1254 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: nascarnation
Best seller of Amazon United Kingdom Kindle sort of subset of "all time"

Whoops I missed that....you are right.. but just give it time to be the US #1 Kindle seller.

7 posted on 06/27/2012 7:22:47 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: cuban leaf

JUST IN TIME.....

First saw it last week when looking up “The Amateur” and it was “surprisingly” a H*U*G*E bestseller.

Can’t have people talking about TWO big conservative best-sellers coming out.....


8 posted on 06/27/2012 7:23:02 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: null and void

—You’ve never heard of the Bible?—

I thought of that when I posted. But I think you know what I meant. ;-)


9 posted on 06/27/2012 7:26:48 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

its soft core porn IIRC

written by a woman for women

kinda like the “romance” novels of the 80’s and 90’s


10 posted on 06/27/2012 7:27:20 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (How do you say Arkanicide in Kenyan?)
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To: null and void

Exactly. Not best selling all time.


11 posted on 06/27/2012 7:27:29 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: nascarnation

Don’t ask me what caused me to type “of all time”. I meant “for such a long time”.

My bad.


12 posted on 06/27/2012 7:27:57 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: trailhkr1
Ugh. I've always thought that fanfic was the lowest form of creative writing, precisely because there is so little creativity involved. Characters, settings, backstory and plot are already in place, you just add your gratifying little coda someplace. Anyone who calls fanfic "literature" deserves to be clubbed like a fur seal. And now a fanfic-a lemon to boot-is a huge bestseller. Gah!

(Before the FR fanfic squad arrives to pillory me, I am a former author of SF fanfic. All of it was self-published in dead-tree APAs long before Al Gore invented the Internet. Good thing, too. They were rank awful personified.)

13 posted on 06/27/2012 7:28:54 AM PDT by jboot (Galt by default.)
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To: trailhkr1
My first novel was #1 on the Kindle Free Library for a couple of hours during a free-run promotion last March.

For most of my five-day free run, EFAD was right behind this trashy soft-porn novel Divorced, Desperate and Delicious, AKA "DDD."

So I even downloaded it (it was free) to see if it was any good. It's just trash, loosely plotted to give the thirtyish slut protanotist a chance to screw a series of men, while pursuing some crime case I can't even recall. I read about a third of it and deleted it.


14 posted on 06/27/2012 7:28:54 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: trailhkr1

sounds Egyptian


15 posted on 06/27/2012 7:29:03 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: cuban leaf
But I think you know what I meant. ;-)

Of course! But there was simply no way I could pass up a little bit of teasing like that.

};^P>

16 posted on 06/27/2012 7:30:27 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1254 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: Rightly Biased

Yeah, I did a quick google for a review. Apparently it’s porn. I don’t mean “bodice ripper” porn. I mean “Penthouse chronicles” (IIRC) porn.

This is sort of the equivalent of a modern “Deep Throat”, but mainly for women.

A lot of reviewers got tired of Ana (the main character) repeating “holy crap”.


17 posted on 06/27/2012 7:31:14 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: bigbob
sounds Egyptian

"Mummy Porn" sounds like Bill Clinton.

18 posted on 06/27/2012 7:31:51 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: trailhkr1
Plot summary from wiki:
The plot traces the relationship between recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and manipulative billionaire Christian Grey. Steele is required by Grey to sign a contract allowing him complete control over her life as well as a non-disclosure agreement, something that he has required from all of his previous submissives. Upon learning that she is a virgin, Grey agrees to have sex with her in order to prepare her for later encounters, fully intending that the contract would be signed. As she gets to know him, she learns that his sexual tastes involve bondage, domination, and sadism, and that childhood abuse left him a deeply damaged individual. In order to be his partner, she agrees to experiment with BDSM, but she struggles to reconcile who she is (a virgin who has never previously had a boyfriend) with whom Christian wants her to be, his submissive and a to-do-with-as-he-pleases partner in his "Red Room of Pain".
There are a lot of women out there with domination fantasies.
19 posted on 06/27/2012 7:33:12 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: cuban leaf

I’m waiting for the cost to come down..
love my Kindle...


20 posted on 06/27/2012 7:34:25 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: trailhkr1

I have not read it and will not read it; I have though heard snippets of it read by Gilbert Godttfried on “You Tube”. Warning it has very explicit language but it is pretty funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K1RcKJVbHA


21 posted on 06/27/2012 7:35:26 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Travis McGee

So you just read the good parts?


22 posted on 06/27/2012 7:35:38 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: null and void

On Amazon US, the 3 books occupy the top four spots; 1 through 3 are the individual books, while the 4th spot is for all sold three together.


23 posted on 06/27/2012 7:36:33 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: PapaBear3625

I don’t understand why any self assured, sane, and intelligent woman would be entranced by such filth.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 7:37:16 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: trailhkr1
Shouldn't that be "50 Shades of Black"


25 posted on 06/27/2012 7:39:01 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (This tagline for rent. Inquire within.)
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To: Perdogg

“On Amazon US, the 3 books occupy the top four spots; 1 through 3 are the individual books, while the 4th spot is for all sold three together.”

Yep, all to push the two big conservative books as far down as possible in any lists.


26 posted on 06/27/2012 7:39:52 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: null and void

;-)


27 posted on 06/27/2012 7:46:53 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf
Pretty funny that a book I’ve never heard of is the best seller of all time.

This book is about a 26 year old, buff, handsome, billionaire with a large uhum who engages a young girl in bondage, kinky, wild animilistic sex...the kind of sex women claim "eeewww" but deep down love(at times) but just won't admit it. Book sales say's it all.

28 posted on 06/27/2012 7:55:42 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: trailhkr1

IOW, the book tells us what kind of sex the author fantasizes about.


29 posted on 06/27/2012 7:58:29 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: trailhkr1

Hmm, apparently I’m the only one who believes big book publishing/sales companies, like Big Media, politically manipulate publications, promotions and statistics.


30 posted on 06/27/2012 8:01:23 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: lastchance
I don’t understand why any self assured, sane, and intelligent woman would be entranced by such filth.

Face it, women love this raunchy sex stuff.. conservative, liberal, rich, poor doesn't matter. Why many women in affairs claim the sex is the best ever because they do stuff with their lovers they never had the courage to ask their husband to do because of social, religious upbringings and don't want to be looked upon as a little s**t by their husbands or boyfriends...but deep down crave it.

31 posted on 06/27/2012 8:03:58 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: trailhkr1

Out since 2011 and now SUDDENLY the biggest selling book, all 4 versions including the anthology, “occupy” the top 4 slots, with more complaints about the book than rave reviews, and no one sees a political angle to this?


32 posted on 06/27/2012 8:10:42 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: lastchance
I don’t understand why any self assured, sane, and intelligent woman would be entranced by such filth.

We know that large numbers of women enjoy fantasies involving their being totally dominated by some Alpha Male (note that the fantasized dominating man in such bodice-rippers is always either super-rich, a nobleman, a pirate captain, or some such, besides being super-buff and handsome. The dominating man is never a pot-bellied plumber). We do not know what percentage of such are "self assured, sane, and intelligent".

Many women like the idea of surrendering control to a hyper-competent man, partly because giving up control means giving up responsibility and accountability.

33 posted on 06/27/2012 8:10:54 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: trailhkr1

It is poorly.. Ahem.. VERY poorly written Twilight Fan Fiction. It’s a sorry attempt at ‘shocking romance’ again, base on nothing more than Teiligjt series fan fiction. It is garbage and a waste of time.


34 posted on 06/27/2012 8:12:03 AM PDT by JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain
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To: trailhkr1
Why many women in affairs claim the sex is the best ever because they do stuff with their lovers they never had the courage to ask their husband to do because of social, religious upbringings and don't want to be looked upon as a little s**t by their husbands or boyfriends...but deep down crave it.

Like I said in my prior post, many women desire pleasure without responsibility. Having a man who does what the woman wants without the woman having to ask, and without asking her permission, means she can deny responsibility for it all. It also accounts for all the rape fantasies in such "romance" novels -- "If I was taken against my will, then I'm not responsible, regardless of how much I enjoyed it".

35 posted on 06/27/2012 8:15:50 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: cuban leaf

I’ve been seeing it on the Kindle book lists for a long time, but I never bothered with it because I thought it was some kind of book about getting old gracefully (from the title). LOL!

After reading in Jonah Goldberg’s book about Margaret Sanger and the eugenics movement using the promise of sexual pleasure as a political organizing tool to rally women, I think the promotion of this book at this time follows those lines.

Sanger and her cohorts touted sexual pleasure without the constraints of motherhood. They believed that motherhood should be reserved for the worthy, the elite. They actually advocated issuing permits for one child at a time. If you wanted a second child you would have to reapply.

Sanger, herself, was a bad mother. Her youngest child, who Sanger admitted to having neglected, died at age 4 of pneumonia. It was perhaps for this reason that Sanger worked so hard against motherhood.


36 posted on 06/27/2012 8:21:48 AM PDT by Eva
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To: treetopsandroofs
Out since 2011 and now SUDDENLY the biggest selling book, all 4 versions including the anthology, “occupy” the top 4 slots, with more complaints about the book than rave reviews, and no one sees a political angle to this?

No secret liberal cabal. If this is a secret liberal plot how do you explain conservative books routinely being in the #1 book selling spot? This happens all the times with books-being printed and taking a while to get popular. Most get popular by word of mouth after a period of time. Most books are not advertised ahead of release like movies.

37 posted on 06/27/2012 8:23:54 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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You left out the most imporant part.

She’s a VIRGIN !!!


38 posted on 06/27/2012 8:24:31 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: trailhkr1

You left out the most important part.

She’s a VIRGIN !!!


39 posted on 06/27/2012 8:25:29 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: trailhkr1

Interesting nobody has mentioned the “plausible deniability” of the medium. Everyone, approving or not, knows what the book is about. Some people want to read it but not be seen with it; a quick private digital download (wow, that sounds dirty in this context) and it’s available for instant access and instant concealment anywhere. Nothing indicates what’s being read except what’s actually on the easily-changed screen at the moment.

It’s the equivalent of stuffing a socially unacceptable magazine inside a socially acceptable one for reading in public.


40 posted on 06/27/2012 8:29:49 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: lastchance
Well there is your answer. If I could get every woman (and/or man) in the English speaking world who was NOT self assured, sane, and intelligent to be interested in what I was selling - my fortune would be assured!

Self assured, sane AND intelligent people are, unfortunately,a small subset of the overall population.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the General Public.

(80’s joke: F*ck ‘the General Public’ - I liked ‘the English Beat’)

41 posted on 06/27/2012 8:30:57 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: treetopsandroofs
No political angle. The promised content is seductive to a very large audience, who will buy it despite whatever complaints are published, and who will only write lousy reviews after buying it in droves. Sheer popularity, however seedy, drove the first book to #1, and enough readers like it (however bad) to buy the next two. Seeing that popularity, many will just buy all 3 outright as a cost-savings alternative to buying the 3 individually. So yeah, one trilogy can occupy the top 4 slots. Yes, came out in 2011 but for whatever reason the mass market frenzy hit just recently; it happens.

As others noted, conservative books also hit #1 - much to the annoyance of those who would have any hope of inflicting "a political angle" against it.

42 posted on 06/27/2012 8:36:15 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: trailhkr1

I heard somewhere that Padre Pio listed curiosity as the most prevalent and dangerous modern sin.


43 posted on 06/27/2012 8:40:43 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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It does go to show you that anyone can make a best seller these days. And smut sells.

If you are unfamiliar with the work, here is an audio excerpt ....
... as read by Gilbert Gottfried:

http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/05/18/fifty-shades-of-grey-gilbert-gottfried-video/

44 posted on 06/27/2012 8:43:26 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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Yeah, I can just see trying to buffalo Saint Peter at the gate with those excuses.

I am a woman and I for sure do not crave any of that raunchy stuff. I find nothing erotic or seductive about being treated like a cringing slut.

I am a daughter of the most High God and my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. In marriage I share my full self with my husband and believe me all is good in the consummation part. No need to debase myself for thrills.


45 posted on 06/27/2012 8:44:45 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: jboot

Fanfic is a wonderful tool to learn something about writing - I call it “training wheels”. If you don’t ever take the training wheels off you won’t get anywhere.

I have no intention of dredging up any of my old fanfics to try to cash in as original pieces. My original stories are so much better. But apparently this book is filling some sort of niche, appealing to some sort of appetites. Not the sort of appetite I want to appeal to so I really don’t care.


46 posted on 06/27/2012 8:57:56 AM PDT by JenB
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To: trailhkr1

“No secret liberal cabal. If this is a secret liberal plot how do you explain conservative books routinely being in the #1 book selling spot?”

As I said in an earlier post, this is done to push conservative books downwards. And they’ve done a good job of it all of a sudden, and a lot of us seem to WANT TO BELIEVE there is no “secret liberal cabal”.

Interesting, isn’t it?

A lot of big books ARE advertised in advance.

And as far as bad reviews in advance.... Look at the hundreds of bad “reviews” that magically appear months in advance of any conservative book.

I’m not buying the “innocent” four-book first place bonanza.


47 posted on 06/27/2012 9:02:10 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Does he explain why it is a sin?


48 posted on 06/27/2012 9:11:03 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: treetopsandroofs
A lot of big books ARE advertised in advance.

Yeah, books written by well known authors who have a track record and the companies need to get the word out to sell books to pay those big fees....this woman was unknown just as the woman who wrote the Twilight series and the woman who wrote Harry Potter. None of those books were advertised at first..only advertised big when the first ones were a hit.

49 posted on 06/27/2012 9:15:47 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: frankenMonkey

That is one funny painting!


50 posted on 06/27/2012 9:25:38 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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