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December 19, 2012

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Amazon’s best-selling book in 2012, see top 10 list

50+shades+freedThe third Fifty Shades novel and its trilogy boxed set took two of Amazon.com’s top three places among books first published in 2012, with Gillian Flynn’s dark and complex thriller Gone Girl wedged in second place.

E.L. James wasn’t the only writer to profit from 2012’s erotic fiction fad, with Sylvia Day also prominent on Amazon’s list; Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain also made the most of a rich, eligible bachelor as its romantic lead.

That’s not to say established mainstream writers were cast by the wayside: three lawyers-turned-authors in John Grisham, David Baldacci and William Landay also featured in the combined Kindle and print top ten, as did a controversial insider account of the raid on Bin Laden’s compound.

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December 13, 2012

At Random House, Employees Will Enjoy 5,000 Shades of Green

50By LESLIE KAUFMAN

Random House had its corporate Christmas party on Wednesday night in New York, and word is that Santa likes bondage. A lot.

Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Random House, promised employees — from top editors to warehouse workers — a $5,000 bonus to celebrate a profitable year. The cheering went on for minutes, according to people in attendance.

Call it 5,000 shades of green.

This year, Random House had the good fortune to publish E. L. James’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” about an inexperienced college student who falls in love with an older man with a taste for trying her up and whipping her, among other delights. The book has topped the New York Times paperback best-seller list for 37 weeks and counting. The sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” have been in the top five for a similar amount of time.

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