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3,000 tons of paper for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ produced at East Millinocket mill

Denis Poroy | AP
Denis Poroy | AP
Author E.L. James poses with her book "Fifty Shades of Grey" at a book signing during the first day of Comic-Con convention held at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 12, 2012, in San Diego.
The Associated Press

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — The hit erotic series “Fifty Shades of Grey” is more like 50 shades of green in a town in Maine.

Nearly 3,000 tons of paper for E.L. James’ books has been produced at Great Northern Paper LLC in East Millinocket.

President and CEO Richard M. Cyr says demand for the best-selling trilogy has been so great that Random House book publisher and its paper merchant had to seek out many paper manufacturers, including Great Northern. He says the company is supplying its “Baxter Brite” paper for the books.

The three novels have dominated The New York Times’ bestseller list. Since April, one out of every five adult print novels sold in the U.S. has been a “Fifty Shades” title.

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