E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, a word-of-mouth romance smash so erotic it's sometimes labeled "mommy porn," has been signed up by a paperback division of Random House Inc.
Vintage Books announced Saturday that it had acquired the three books _ "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed." E-book editions will be out Monday and paperbacks are expected in early April.
The novels had been distributed by an Australia-based publisher, the Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House. The trilogy follows the romance between a young billionaire, Christian Grey, and a college student, Anastasia Steele. It has sold more than 250,000 copies, and on Saturday, the first volume was No. 1 on both Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
"`Fifty' has taken me on an extraordinary and wholly unexpected adventure and I'm thrilled to be continuing it with Vintage," James, a former television executive based in London, said in a statement issued Saturday by Vintage. "I've heard from so many readers trying to find these books in their local bookshops and libraries. It is gratifying to know that they will soon become widely available in the U.S. and around the world."