'Fifty Shades' loses ground to 'No Easy Day'
September 4th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

'Fifty Shades' loses ground to 'No Easy Day'

What do readers want even more than a steamy, "Twilight"-inspired S&M tale?

A first-hand account from a former Navy SEAL about last year's raid on Osama bin Laden, if Amazon.com's best-seller list is any indication.

Excerpts from SEAL's book about Osama bin Laden killing

"Fifty Shades of Grey" has long been the summer's publishing phenomenon, doggedly holding on to No. 1 on the New York Times' combined print and e-book best-seller list for 26 weeks.

Yet even before its release, the much-discussed "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden" knocked E.L. James' trilogy out of the top spot on Amazon. Whereas "Fifty Shades" has made a home in the top 100 books on the site for the past 121 days, "No Easy Day" has done the same in just 13.

The anticipation for the autobiography, written under the pseudonym Mark Owen, has been so intense that the book's publisher Dutton moved the release date up twice - first from October to September 11, and then again from September 11 to today, Publishers Weekly reports.

Dutton has also increased its first print run from 300,000 copies to 575,000. (Anastasia Steele, eat your heart out.)

But while we've been playing casting director with the reported "Fifty Shades" movie, it doesn't look like this new best-seller will get a cinematic counterpart, at least not from Steven Spielberg.

Earnings for this in-demand title will reportedly go toward the families of deceased SEALs. Have you picked up the book yet? What do you think?

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  3. Valsor

    Intersting info. No Easy Day was the only book I read this summer. I got it preordered, delivered on Sep 11, opened box, read it all before doing anything else. Great first-person account that feels like a sci-fi action story. I'd love to see a movie on it.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    "No Easy Day" wasn't bad. It was a fast read, though perhaps not as entertaining as "One Perfect Op", by CMC Dennis Chalker, or the ubiquitous "Rogue Warrior", by Dick Marcinko.

    September 27, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
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  10. Sammie

    To add to my comment those of you who are trashing the book if you take the time and keep reading the rest of them you will see the second one and the third one are deep in a love story but of course those of you want like my post and I dont care THE TRUTH ISNT ALWAYS WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sammie

    The book is awesome everyone has there own thoughts about it but its a FREE country and if you dont like it then dont read it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
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    that's my motto

    September 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David Miller

    Free Stanley Rosenthal from jjail.

    September 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
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    I love Betty White and hope she dies before she is full time in Daipers.

    September 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    Owning the Peris Clinic is hard work.

    September 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Anonymous

    Blog about Fifty Shades of Grey. Give it a read if you have a few minutes. http://www.abookunfinished.com/2012/09/fifty-shades-of-garbage.html

    September 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Just Say Yes America.

    that's my motto

    September 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rae Mathews

    OMG! BEST READ EVER! I would love to see Simon Baker from the Mentalist play Christian Gray!!!!!

    September 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 5, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  20. i so want-

    To read this to bring out more (blank ) In me. Make me howl and become more a b;; ch. Ahooo ahoo....howl at the moon. Ahoooo ahoooo.

    September 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. William Shakespeare's Ghost

    Dear America,

    Please, stop buying "Fifty Shades of Grey." Seriously. It's terrible. Not even marginally decent. Ben Jonson made it through a chapter and passed out. Descartes skimmed it and decided he no longer existed. Jack London even said he wouldn't have used it to start a fire if he was stranded in the wilderness. Shelley and Tennyson are crying, and Marlowe and Chaucer have drunk all the wine and meade. The only one up here who's still somewhat sane is Wilde, and that's debatable. Oh, and Sylvia Plath came up with a poem on it, but it was just profanities repeated over and over.

    In conclusion, no. Just no.

    Sincerely, Will & Company

    September 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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    • Dorothy Griffin

      Totally agree....embarassed I purchased it......

      September 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoDoubt

      Very well said. I downloaded a sample of the first book in Kindle and was so sad...sad to know that so many people think this woman's writing is worth the money. If she can make it, anybody can.

      September 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Marla Brown

    Fifty Shades and a book toward Osama Bin Laden covert operation are two literary materials NOT even in the same ballpark. Nor might they incite the same readership. One no less literary creatures than the other but not in the same genre.

    September 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
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  24. Debbie

    What type of a soldier are you if you write a book about a mission you assisted in carrying out as part of your job? Disgusting. I guess fame and money trumps honour everytime.

    September 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. iloveu879

    whats your email address? maybe we can talk-i was asked that question 3 times...

    September 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  26. EddieG

    What a coincidence on the dates.The publisher/author/ funders of this swift boat attempt must have been talked off the ledge of a Septeber 11th publication date, so now have settled for opening of DNC convention. No one is fooled about their intention and agenda. That night we were dancing in the streets and thrilled that Obama kept that difficult promise to persue bin Laden to the gates of hell.

    September 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. KRIS

    what does that book have to do with my fifty shades it shouldnt have any effect seeing that they are so different.

    September 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  28. LW

    I just hated Fifty Shades. I read half the book and quit and I never do that. You have to read all three books to find out that it's really a love story. And yes, there will be a movie because all Hollywood puts out anymore is trash.

    September 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    im scared to get facial because of dop and flop.

    September 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  32. folks

    do you know i have blogging power over the book itself?

    September 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  33. LDS Man

    Im not going to read either book. The trashy one or the one about Obama Bin Laden.

    September 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Miranda

    A nasty book for nasty people.

    September 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

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