Who are the most influential people in the book industry?

bezos-230.jpgEditors at The Guardian have posted a list of the 100 most influential people in the book industry, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos leading the way.

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling came in second place, ahead of Google CEO Larry Page and James Daunt and Alexander Mamut of Waterstone's, a book retail chain in the U.K.

"Taking 'influence' and 'power' as our touchstones, we sought to balance the hard facts of market shares and bestseller lists with more nebulous factors such as cultural influence and legacy," Guardian staff wrote, explaining how they came up with the list. "So you will find a chipper TV chef, tweed-suited publishers, digital visionaries and Nobel Prize-winning poets jostling for position.Our focus is unashamedly the British book world, but it naturally takes in international influences, in particular from the U.S."

Also appearing on the list were celebrity chef Jamie Oliver (8), Salman Rushdie (45), and "the ghost of Stieg Larsson" (18).

To see the complete list, click here.

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