The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is due to hit theaters on Valentine's Day, likely propelling two-thirds of James's trilogy up the rankings much the way the Bradley Cooper movie recently helped American Sniper into the No. 1 spot a few weeks ago.
Despite its ongoing feud with Amazon, Hachette continues to boast a strong presence on this week's list. One reason is that the e-tailer has so far proven reluctant to extend the pricing tactics it's applied to Hachette print titles to the publisher's ebooks.
The company's publishing arm sees further successes with Moving Day by Jonathan Stone holding steady for the second week in a row at No. 2, plus two additional titles in the top ten. The top ten best-selling ebooks for the week of May 17.
The Target by David Baldacci falls from the No. 1 spot it held for the past two weeks down to No. 7, capping off a frustrating week for Hachette, which is currently scuffling with Amazon over delayed shipments of some of its biggest print titles.