By Daniel Hunter

Despite the recent rise of e-readers British publishers have reported record sales of books for 2012, in part down to the success of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Total spending on printed and digital books rose 4% to £3.3 billion in 2012, the Publishers Association said.

Digital spending rose by 66% to £411 million. But it does not appear to have led to a marked decline for print, with physical book sales down by just 1% at £2.9 billion.

EL James's trilogy were the best-selling titles in 2012, with combined sales of 10.5 million.

The series took the top three spots in the 2012 best-sellers chart, according to figures released by sales tracker Nielsen at the end of the year.

The rise of such e-readers as Amazon's Kindle has sparked a surge in digital sales in recent years. But fears they would kill off physical books have so far proved exaggerated.

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