Palin Memoir Coming, Bush Snub for Rowling, E-Reader Outlook, National Book Festival Video

Sarah Palin has finished her 400-page memoir early and it will now be released on Nov. 17. ... J.K. Rowling did not receive a presidential medal of freedom from the Bush administration because of concern the Harry Potter series promoted witchcraft, according to a new memoir by a Bush speechwriter. ... E-readers, such as the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader, are poised to be big sellers this holiday season. ... Sony is offering independent authors and small publishers the chance to publish their work through its e-book platform. ...Tina Brown's news and opinion website, The Daily Beast, has a partnership with Perseus Books allowing the site to quickly publish e-books and paperbacks by its contributors. ... Ethan Hawke and William Hurt will star in a Moby Dick miniseries. They will play Starbuck and Captain Ahab, respectively. ... Kafka left his papers to his friend Max Brod. Now they are in Israel and the legal battle over them has turned, well, Kafkaesque. ... Authors and readers took over the National Mall last weekend for the National Book Festival. Check out the video of the action.

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By Steven E. Levingston |  September 29, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
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