Fifty Sheds of Grey joins 20p list

Fifty Sheds of Grey joins 20p list

E-books priced at 20p are still dominating Amazon’s Kindle store, holding the top three positions in its paid-for chart and with new titles added to the promotion.

Fifty Shades of Grey parody Fifty Sheds of Grey by C T Grey (Boxtree), a Christmas humour hit, is now being offered at 20p, alongside The Half-Life of Hannah by Nick Alexander (BIGfib Books). At the top of the chart is Life of Pi by Yan Martel (Canongate), experiencing a surge in popularity  alongside the release of the film adaptation. Safe House by Chris Ewan (Faber) and The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (Hesperus Press) are at number two and three. Altogether, 10 of the top 20 Kindle e-books are selling for 20p.

Aside from The Half-Life of Hannah, all of these books are also for sale at 20p on the Sony Reader Store.

The offer began on Sony’s store in July 2012, and has been running ever since. In December, Sony said it would be continuing with the offer, which has been price matched by Amazon since it began.

Frontlist novels by James Herbert and Ken Follett have previously been included in the promotion, which has been criticised by many for devaluing the price of e-books. Sony has said the public would be able to discern that the offer does not represent “the new price of e-books”.