The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy is now available in hardcover.(Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotic bondage trilogy that was once
a hush-hush secret among Upper East Side wives, has come full circle to
For the first time, E.L. James'
blockbuster novels - now available as e-books and paperbacks - will be
published as hardcovers, ready to take a prideful, permanent place on
fans' bookshelves. And just in time for Valentine's Day.
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On Jan. 29, Doubleday will release 200,000 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed in hardback for $26.95 each. There also will be a shrink-wrapped set of the three books for $80.85.
Why the new format? "As interest in the Fifty Shades
trilogy has grown, readers have been asking for hardcover editions of
the books," says James' publisher Anne Messitte in an e-mail. "These new
hardcovers include unique production elements, making them the ultimate
collector's editions for readers of the trilogy."
hardcovers feature a red silk ribbon - which is not detachable, thank
you very much! There is also the author's signature, "Laters Baby, E.L.
James X," embossed in silver on the book itself beneath the trademark
Grey jackets featuring, respectively, the tie, the mask and the
There also is a discreet warning on the back guaranteed to keep little eyes from prying: "EROTIC ROMANCE: Mature Audience."
trilogy has sold more than 35 million copies in the USA and 65 million
worldwide. The first book was No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books
list for 20 straight weeks last year, and the trilogy remains in the