No question, the hottest book at the moment is E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (Vintage, 2012). As I write this, there are 140 holds for the print edition, 20 holds for the audiobook, and 69 holds for the e-book at my southwest suburban library serving a population of approximately 75,000.
This is the most holds I have ever seen on a single title — more than a new Janet Evanovich or James Patterson and more than the The Help (Amy Einhorn, 2009) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), both of which benefited from blockbuster movie releases. Fifty Shades and its sequels have surprisingly exceeded the demand for The Hunger Games and Twilight trilogies, books that appeal to a broad range of ages, compared to Fifty Shades’ more mature audience. The phenomenon of this trilogy is unprecedented and like nothing I have seen before.