Obama as Oprah, Romance in Your Future, Dan Brown and Fall Hit Parade, How Fast Is Usain Bolt?

Barack Obama is the Oprah of book sales, if you can get your title on his nightstand. ... Jane Friedman, former chief executive of HarperCollins, may be thinking that romance novels are the future of publishing. ... Google is making more than one million books available in a format that works with the iPhone, Android handsets, and e-readers from Sony and Plastic Logic. ... Dan Brown leads a Who's Who list of authors with fall releases. ... Usain Bolt is fast -- really fast -- the record-breaking sprinter is making a mad dash to publishers to gauge interest in his life story. ... Amazon, Sony and Apple may be headed for war over e-readers.

By Steven E. Levingston |  August 28, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
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