‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Is First E-book to Hit 1 Million Copy Mark

Posted by at 11:25 pm on April 11, 2011

The opening book of Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has become what industry experts believe is the first novel to sell more than a million copies in e-book form, The New York Times reports. News of the million mark milestone comes via Knopf books, which is a subsidiary of Random House publishing.

Combined digital sales of the Millennium series, which also includes The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, have so far reached 3 million, the publisher said. Total sales of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which includes e-books, audio books and printed copies, are maintaining an impressive steady pace of about 500,000 copies per month. Hardback covers of the book, which first went on sale in September 2008, have reached a total of about 300,000 copies.

While no other publisher claims a single title has reached the 1 million sold mark, some authors can claim more than a million copies sold — of all their works combined.

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