International acclaim for the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James and published by The Writer’s Coffee Shop, has landed the book on The New York Times Best seller list. There has also been a $1 million dollar sale to the publisher Random House, according to recent reports by the Sunday Morning Herald. This feat comes in light of the fact that the book was not originally written or distributed in paperback format.

The publishing company, the Writer’s Coffee Shop, is an online venture set up as a place where amateur romance writers could publish their works digitally, free to all readers. “Fifty Shades of Grey” began attracting steady readership on the site and was launched in Australia as an eBook in May 2011. The New York Times highlighted the effects of eBook sales on this type of erotic literature stating, “Fifty Shades of Grey, an erotic novel by an obscure author that has been described as ‘mommy porn’ and Twilight for grown-ups, has electrified women across the country, who have spread the word excitedly on Facebook pages, at school functions and in spin classes.”

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