After selling millions of copies within a few weeks, the sales of the soft porn novel Fifty Shades of Grey have finally declined.
According to the industry publication, the Bookseller, About 16% decline was seen in the sales of the last week.
However, even though the sales have declined, the book still continues to dominate the best selling lists throughout the world with a large margin.
During the period of decline, the number of copies of the first book sold was 534,088, which is much larger compared to the second book in the list, Flesh and Bones by Kathy Reichs, which sold just 23,871 copies.
The Bookseller’s Charts Editor, Philip Stone, talked about this decline and said that “At some point all books are going to reach their peak.
I think Fifty Shades reached its peak the week before last when it sold 1.4 million.
The media were talking about it all the time, it was on The One Show and had had a lot of coverage in the press the weekend before.”
About 21 percent decline in the sales of the first book of trilogy was seen during the last week.
The second and third book of the trilogy underwent a decline of 11 and 13 percent, with 362,480 and 321,628 books sold respectively.
But while the media hype and peak point for the trilogy might be over, the book would continue to dominate the best selling lists for a while.
With 2,833,988 number of printed books sold since its introduction, the book is at 11th place in the best selling books since the beginning of the records in 1998.
The book has already surpassed other noted best sellers such as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
According to Stone, the upcoming books such as John Grisham’s The Litigator and Lee Child’s The Affair could’ve hoped to top the best selling lists under normal circumstances, but this time around their chances are pretty thin.
Already Fifty Shades of Grey has accounted for a quarter of all book sales during the last four weeks.