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

September 19, 2011 | 10:15 am

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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

Photo: George R.R. Martin speaks at a Television Critics Assn. meeting in January. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

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