Only recently was Amazon boasting e-book sales in its Kindle store and it looks like it’s not done yet. The company is now announcing that Swedish author Stieg Larsson became the first writer to sell more than one million Kindle books. He is the author of the bestselling Millennium Trilogy and the three books have collectively sold more than one million digital copies on Amazon.
“Stieg Larsson, author of the internationally bestselling Millennium Trilogy, has become the first author to sell over 1 million Kindle books and is the first member of the new ‘Kindle Million Club.’ The ‘Kindle Million Club’ recognizes authors whose entire body of work has sold over 1 million copies in the Kindle Store. Customers can buy the three books in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy from the Kindle Store, and read them everywhere,” Amazon said in a statement.
The three books part of the Millennium Trilogy, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," have all been published posthumously as the author died in 2004. They became international bestsellers and have sold over 27 million copies worldwide. All three are in the top ten bestselling books on Kindle of all time. They also topped the New York Time’s bestseller list.
Overall, e-book sales are going from strength to strength. Amazon recently revealed that sales of Kindle books overtook hardcover sales for the past few months. It also said that e-book sales are accelerating.
Interestingly, the Kindle is currently out-of-stock on Amazon, for the first time since 2008. There’s no explanation from Amazon, but several factors may have contributed to this, the biggest one being a significant price cut recently which brought it down to $189. This has reportedly increased the number of Kindles sold threefold.