E L James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trilogy Gets a Hardcover Edition

"Fifty Shades of Grey"

E.L. James, author of the "Fifty Shades" trilogy, has become the literary world’s unlikely superstar.

The special edition of the hit erotic series will appear in stores later this year with a 200,000 copy first printing.

Publisher Doubleday is set to release hardcover editions of E. L James' best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy Jan. 29. 

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The new editions will have an initial printing of 200,000 copies, a noteworthy achievement for a title that started as self-published fan fiction.

In an announcement, publisher Anne Messitte said, "As interest in the Fifty Shades trilogy has grown, readers have been asking for hardcover editions of the books."

Messitte's statement continued, revealing that the new and improved hardcover copies will include "unique production elements" that will make them "the ultimate collector's editions for readers of the trilogy and the perfect gift for Valentine's Day."
These new elements include themed endpapers, embossed book jackets, red silk ribbon markers and an E.L. James-signature-stamped book cover. 
The series was first published by Vintage Books in spring 2012 and sold 65 million copies worldwide and more than 35 million in the U. S. through December.