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List of ‘Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors’ Unveiled

rowlingHollywood has been chasing after popular books for inspiration. Titles such as the Harry Potter seriesThe Hunger Games trilogy, and The Fault in our Stars novel have been transformed into blockbluster film franchises.

At this point in time, a diverse array of adaptation projects are being developed for YouTube, Hulu, and the silver screen. In recognition of book creators, The Hollywood Reporter has crafted a list of “Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.”

J.K. Rowling claimed the number one spot because arguably speaking, “no single creator has had so much influence on a megafranchise since George Lucas and the original Star Wars trilogy.” We’ve posted the list of the top 10 authors below—what do you think?

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‘Unbroken’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List This Week

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken is Being Adapted as a YA Book

unbrokenLaura Hillenbrand’s bestseller Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive will be adapted as young adult book. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will publish the work on Veteran’s Day 2014.

Hillenbrand adapted the work for young readers. “The saga of a man’s bravery, ingenuity, and unwavering will in the face of almost unimaginable challenges, Louie Zamperini’s story is spellbinding to people of every age,” explained Hillenbrand in a statement. “At the urging of librarians, teachers, and parents, I’ve created this edition specifically for younger readers. I’m delighted to bring Louie’s inspiring, exhilarating story to a new generation.”

The first printing of the YA adaptation will be a 200,000 copy run. The original book has sold almost 4 million copies and has been on the bestseller list for more than 160 weeks, with 14 weeks at No. 1. The book has also been adapted as a film starring Angelina Jolie, which is slated for release on Christmas Day 2014.

Universal Pictures Unveils the ‘Unbroken’ Film Trailer

Universal Pictures has unveiled the trailer for the Unbroken film adaptation. The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Jack O’Connell in the lead role of Louis Zamperini.

Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie helmed this project as director. The screenwriting team includes William Nicholson, Richard LaGravenese, Joel and Ethan Coen. This movie will hit the silver screen on December 25, 2014.

Here’s more from Vanity Fair: “While some Olympic promotional tie-ins might be a bit confusing (world class athletes and McNuggets??), the connection between Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and the 2014 Sochi Games is as solid as Evgeni Plushenko’s right thigh. If you’re one of the very few people who didn’t read Laura Hillenbrand’s (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) runaway best-seller Unbroken, it tells the true story of an Olympic athlete, Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini, who, along with two fellow crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII.” Follow this link to read an excerpt from Hillenbrand’s book.

Tina Bennett Jumps to WME

Literary agent Tina Bennett has jumped to the New York literary division at WME (William Morris Endeavor).

Since 1994, Bennett has worked at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. She represents a variety of authors, including Malcolm Gladwell, Amy ChuaFareed Zakaria and Laura Hillenbrand.

Here’s more from the release: “She specializes in narrative nonfiction, cultural history, idea books, literary fiction, politics and current affairs, and academic crossover titles. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and serves on the board of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.”

Random House Sales Led By Bestsellers & eBooks

Random House’s revenues for the first half of 2011 earlier were €787 million, down slightly from the company’s revenues in 2010 for the same period which hit €791 million, according to Bertelsmann, the group that owns the publisher. The earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was €69 million, up from €40 million. The publisher attributed this favorable EBIT to strong U.S. performance.

According to Random House, overall gains were driven by bestsellers, and eBook sales across all territories. Random House had 145 New York Times bestsellers during the first half of the year, including the No. 1 bestselling Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. In addition, the publisher sold almost four million copies of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

In the U.S., digital sales accounted for more than 20 percent of all revenues and eBook sales tripled in the first half of 2011, as compared to sales in the same period in 2010.

In the UK, the publisher increased its year-over-year sales and published more than a quarter of all Sunday Times bestsellers.