Charlaine Harris sells 1 million Kindle ebooks
Novelist Charlaine Harris has become the fourth author to sell 1 million ebooks for the Kindle. Harris is best known for her Sookie Stackhouse series; the books are the basis of the HBO television show "True Blood."
Steig Larsson crossed the 1-million Kindle ebook mark first, followed by James Patterson, Nora Roberts and now Harris, Amazon announced Wednesday.
"When Amazon first unveiled the Kindle three and a half years ago, I would never have expected to be one of the first handful of authors in the Kindle Million Club," Harris said in Amazon's news release. "It's been an amazing few years for myself and the Kindle both, but even more so to have my books available to my readers in ways that just a few years ago would have seemed as fantastic as vampires coming out of the coffin."
In July of last year, Amazon announced that five authors had crossed the half-million Kindle ebook sales mark; each of these authors appeared on that list. The only one of the five who hasn't yet sold 1 million Kindle ebooks is Stephenie Meyer, author of the "Twilight" series.
The most popular Kindle ebook authors, interestingly, are working in different genres -- Patterson pens thrillers, Larsson wrote mysteries, Roberts writes romance and Harris treads in urban fantasy.
What they all share is that they're writing a number of novels. Although Larsson's output won't continue -- he died in 2004 -- the others are all prolific writers who can produce new books for their faithful readers.
In Harris' case, that might mean moving on to a new series. In February, Harris said she was only planning to write two more Sookie Stackhouse novels.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Charlaine Harris at the premiere of the third season of "True Blood' at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood on June 8, 2010. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images