Stieg Larsson first to sell 1 million Kindle e-books

29 Jul 2010

The late crime writer Stieg Larsson, author of the internationally best-selling Millennium Trilogy, has become the first author to sell 1 million Kindle e-books, Amazon has announced.

As such, Larsson has become the first member of the ‘Kindle Million Club’, which recognises authors whose entire body of work has sold more than 1 million copies in the Amazon Kindle Store.

All three books in Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – are now in the top 10 best-selling Kindle books of all time. Each of the books are also New York Times and international best-sellers.

Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on anti-democratic right-wing extremist organisations.

He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for the Millennium Trilogy to his publisher.

“Larsson’s books have captivated millions of readers around the world and ignited a voracious interest in the lives of its main characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist,” said Russ Grandinetti, vice-president of Kindle Content. “It’s been exciting to have been a part of introducing so many people to these great books.”

In related news, it was reported earlier this week that James Bond actor Daniel Craig has closed a deal to play Mikael Blomkvist in the Hollywood version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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