More than 10 million copies of Fifty Shades of Grey have been sold in the past six weeks, a rate its publisher says is "unprecedented" and expects to continue "exceeding even our most optimistic forecasts." Sales even jumped the week before Mother's Day, meaning women didn't put aside their hunger for Twilight-meets-bondage romance even to buy flowers for their mothers. (Or maybe they bought copies for their mothers, which would be weird.)
Point is, it doesn't look like this book is going anywhere. Which is a problem for libraries that are now struggling to keep up with the demand for lines like, "he's my own Christian Grey flavor popsicle." Some libraries are reporting thousands, literally thousands, of holds for Fifty Shades of Grey, a velocity that's convincing even conservative libraries that it's important to carry the book. "This is the Lady Chatterley's Lover of 2012," Tim Cole, the collections manager for the Greensboro Public Library in North Carolina, told the New York Times. "Demand is a big issue with us, because we want to be able to provide popular best-selling material to our patrons."