Fifty Shades of Making It Rain at Random House: E.L. James Is Singlehandedly Saving the Publishing Industry

Not only was E.L. James' cult sadomasochistic masterwork Fifty Shades of Grey far and above the bestselling Random House title this year, it single-handedly helped keep Random House parent company Bertelsmann maintain overall group profit levels despite stagnant conditions in its TV, magazine, and music publishing… »3/26/13 3:50pm3/26/13 3:50pm

The Hunger Games Trilogy Has Now Outsold All the Harry Potter Books

Insert your own violent archery imagery here: Katniss Everdeen has now [...]ed Harry Potter, mostly because digital books are bolstering sales figures for The Hunger Games trilogy. Suzanne Collins' dystopian bloodsport YA novels have surpassed J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga as the best-selling books (in both print… »8/20/12 11:30pm8/20/12 11:30pm

Stores May Now Know Too Much About Their Customers’ Fifty Shades Reading Habits

According to Uproxx, this Fifty Shades of Grey masturbating kiosk is located in a Sainsbury's, which is a chain of supermarkets in the U.K. that apparently specializes in dirty books and special vibrator batteries. Oh, and those shortbread cookies that are so maddeningly delicious. This display should remind everyone… »8/07/12 10:25pm8/07/12 10:25pm

You'll Get More Money for Your House if Your Real Estate Agent Is Pretty

A new study concerns some interesting analysis when it comes to real estate agents, house prices, and the length of time a property is on the market, reports Marina Adshade for Big Think. In a paper titled "Broker beauty and boon: a study of physical attractiveness and its effect on real estate brokers' income and… »4/12/12 3:10pm4/12/12 3:10pm

Super Shoppers Wage War Against Black Friday

In recent years, Black Friday "doorbuster" sales have gotten nuttier and nuttier. Doors open at 5 am— no! 4 am! Flat screen TV's only 10 cents if you punch at least 3 store employees in the face! Now, some retailers are attempting to attract shoppers by starting their sales on Thanksgiving Day, a move that's being met… »11/11/11 7:45pm11/11/11 7:45pm

5 Possible Reasons Why Women's Magazine Sales Are Plummeting

Over on Portƒolio's site today, Jeff Bercovici reports that many of the major women's magazines sales are down for the first half of the year. And not just by a little bit: We're talking double-digit numbers. The newsstand average of Glamour dropped 10%; Marie Claire fell 11%, Vogue and Teen Vogue both slumped 15% and… »7/29/08 4:00pm7/29/08 4:00pm

Christmas 2007: Drunk Stripper Santas, Shitty Sales, Deadly Tiger Rampages

It's not just you! The polls are in, and this Christmas was officially a disappointment. Sales were "bleak", the streets were violent, and in the U.K. a man stuffed his wife's dead body under the tree before killing himself. Uplifting! So here's a news tidbit to be thankful for: in Los Angeles, a "beefy" dude wearing… »12/26/07 9:30am12/26/07 9:30am