Larsson first to sell 1 million ebooks

THE late Swedish author Stieg Larsson has become the first writer to sell more than one million ebooks on the online retail site Amazon.

The author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been named the first member of the Kindle Million Club which has been set up to honour authors whose entire body of work has produced more than a million sales for the electronic bookstore.

All three books in his popular Millennium Trilogy, whose third instalment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was first published in Sweden in 2007, are among the top 10 bestselling Kindle books. Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004 before seeing his novels become bestsellers.

Vice president of Kindle, Russ Grandinett, said that Larsson’s books have “captivated millions of readers around the world and ignited a voracious interest in the lives of the main characters”.

Before his career as a writer, Larsson was best known for his activism against racism and right-wing extremism. He was the main force behind the founding of the Expo-foundation, a group intended on exposing neo-Nazi activity in Sweden.

As a result, Larsson and his companion Eva Gabrielsson spent the last 15 years of his life living under constant threat from right-wing violence.

However, as the couple were not married and Larsson did not leave a will, Gabrielsson is currently engaged in an inheritance dispute with Larsson’s family over the rights to his works.

According to Amazon The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo spent 637 days in the top 100 Kindle books sold, while The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest has been on the list for the last 65 days. Their print editions have sold more than 27 million copies.

Charlaine Harris, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Stephenie Meyer have sold over 500,000 Kindle ebooks.

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