*Former Disney teen queen Hilary Duff has inked a multi-book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The first in the series, Elixir, is to be released in October. My first question: Why is she writing books? My husband's more intriguing question: What if she turns out to be good? Hmmm...do I dare check out the book when it's released?
*In other publishing news, Sarah Palin is writing her second book, this one celebrating "American virtues and strengths." HarperCollins said the new book would "include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have inspired [Palin], as well as portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her love of country, faith, and family". Sounds like it should be titled Chicken Soup for the Hockey Mom Soul.
*Book dealer Lux Mentis Booksellers is selling one of the few pieces of non naked lady-related Hugh Hefner history that exists - a collection of cartoons the Playboy founder drew as a teenager and sent to a friend. Asking price? $250,000.
*Quirk Books, the publisher behind Pride and Prejuice and Zombies, has acquired a new manuscript to add to its, well, quirky lineup. Night of the Living Trekkies is "Galaxy Quest meets Dawn of the Dead when all hell breaks loose at a Star Trek convention - and the world's only hope for survival rests in the hands of some very determined fanboys!" A new book about Star Trek? Don't tell my husband.
*More details have emerged about Apple's new eBook Store - check out Forbes.com for the lowdown.
*Here's a tournament for those of us who think pigskin is what covers our bacon and believe basketball shorts to be one of the most unflattering pieces of clothing ever made. The Tournament of Books is a month-long single-elimination matchup that pits books against one another.Oh. Yeah. Read more about this genius idea here.