George R.R. Martin joins Kindle million-seller club


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Amazon announced Monday that George R.R. Martin, author of the Song of Ice and Fire series, has become the 10th author to sell 1 million Kindle e-books.

The popular series, the basis for the HBO television series ‘Game of Thrones,’ has just five, fairly massive books: ‘A Game of Thrones,’ ‘A Clash of Kings,’ ‘A Storm of Swords,’ ‘A Feast for Crows,’ and ‘A Dance with Dragons.’ The long-awaited ‘A Dance with Dragons’ was published in July to an enthusiastic reception, debuting at #2 on Amazon. It remains on the LA Times bestseller list after spending five weeks at No. 1.


Series have helped propel many of the authors who have already sold a million Kindle ebooks, including James Patterson, Charlaine Harris, Stieg Larsson, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly and Janet Evanovich. Nora Roberts’ popular romance novels have made her a Kindle million-seller. John Locke is the only independent author to have reached a million Kindle ebook sales; Kathryn Stockett, author of ‘The Help,’ is the only one to sell a million Kindle ebooks with a single title.

A series, of course, is no guarantee of becoming a million-ebook seller. Stephenie Meyer, author of the ‘Twilight’ series, was among the first five authors to reach 500,000 Kindle ebook sales in July 2010, but she still hasn’t crossed the 1-million mark.


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-- Carolyn Kellogg