Bestseller Stat Shot: Sex and Violence, a Sales Story

A year ago, the Fifty Shades and Hunger Games trilogies were burning up the bestseller charts. As of this same week in 2012, year-to-date print unit sales for the two trilogies had topped 12.1 million. So far this year, the 100 bestselling books in America have sold a combined 10.2 million print copies—though the #1 book in the country is another steamy piece of erotica, Sylvia Day’s Entwined with You (Berkley).

Title Pub date First-week sales
Entwined with You June 2013 134,697
Reflected in You Oct. 2012 100,648
Bared to You June 2012 22,086

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