UPCOMING: "The Scarpetta Factor" by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $27.97, 512 pages; Oct. 20): In this 17th adventure starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the forensic scientist's growing fame - she's a regular on CNN - puts her life in jeopardy.
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's 432-page memoir has been given a first printing of 1.5 million copies and booksellers have begun fighting for sales. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut the $28.99 list price by more than half, to $13.50, and Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com are offering "Going Rogue" for $15.65, a 45 percent discount.
Although she resigned last summer as Alaska governor, and the Republican ticket of Sen. John McCain and Palin was decisively beaten in the 2008 election, "Going Rogue" will surely outsell the memoir of her Democratic counterpart, Vice President Joe Biden, and likely approach the million-selling heights of President Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope."
"I know a lot of people who are surprised by this," says Adrian Zackheim, president and publisher of Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group (USA). "There was some question as to whether her popularity was still intact after she resigned as governor and some question as to whether the original following was still with her. The answer to these questions is pretty unequivocal."
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The latest novel from best-selling romance author Jude Deveraux isn't exactly a book. "Promises" is a reading and viewing experience, a digital text in which videos not only complement the narrative but add to it.
"Promises" is one of four online video books being published by Simon & Schuster Inc. in collaboration with Vook, an Emeryville, Calif.-based startup that integrates text, video and social networking.
Deveraux's novel, a romance-mystery set on a 19th-century South Carolina plantation, runs 131 pages, punctuated with 17 short videos, including images of the plantation and of a young soldier running through the woods, Simon & Schuster says.
"This is not a substitute for print, but we see the role of the publisher changing from being a book publisher only to offering different ways to tell stories and convey ideas," says Ellie Hirschhorn, chief digital officer of New York-based Simon & Schuster, which is releasing the video texts through its Atria Books imprint.
Also coming out are Richard Doetsch's thriller "Embassy" and a pair of nonfiction works: Pete Cerqua's "The 90-Second Fitness Solution" and Narine Nikogosian's "Return to Beauty," which offers advice on skin care and diet.
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