Madeline Raynor
October 05, 2016 AT 02:42 PM EDT

After news of Elena Ferrante’s identity broke this week, sales of her books are “up” at Amazon.

“Sales are up for a series that was already selling well,” Amazon Books Senior Editor Chris Schluep says in a statement to EW. “Regarding her possible unmasking, it doesn’t make the characters or the story any less real. A great author is a great author, no matter the other details.”

Ferrante’s beloved Neapolitan novels include My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child.

On Sunday, a New York Review of Books writer potentially outed the anonymous author in an article. There has since been an outcry in the literary community about the revelation. “Surprised at how angry I feel about @NYBooks’ unmasking of Elena Ferrante. Esp its ‘justification’ that her success made it ‘inevitable,'” Me Before You author JoJo Moyes tweeted.

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