The captivating Harry Potter series has been dethroned as Amazon’s best seller by The Hunger Games.
Amazon announced friday that Katniss Everdeen and co. have surpassed the wizards of Hogwarts as the company’s best selling series. The sales include print and e-book formats, making the “Hunger Games” trilogy Amazon’s best-selling series.
The Hunger Games was written by Suzanne Collins and has since captivated the world in both print and film.
Sara Nelson, the editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon, said in a statement that since the debut of “The Hunger Games” in 2008, the series has “taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before.”
“Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter’s seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time,” she said.
Sarah Gelman, a spokeswoman for Amazon, declined to produce specific sales figures. Kyle Good, a spokeswoman for Scholastic, the publisher of both series, said that Scholastic has 150 million copies of the Harry Potter series and more than 50 million copies of the “Hunger Games” series in print in the United States.
The second film adaptation of the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire is scheduled to be released on November 22, 2013.