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Guardian unveils Books 100 Power List

26th September 2011

The 2011 Guardian and Observer Books 100 Power List has been unveiled, naming the people deemed to be the most powerful in all of publishing.

The yearly index lists not only authors, but those involved in the publication, heads of publishing houses and broadcasters whose works have influenced a significant number of people.

Once again, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling features highly on the list, despite not having published a book for four years.

In the past 12 months, two film adaptations of her works have been released and she has also unveiled the new Pottermore website, which she claims enhances the reading experience for fans of the Harry Potter books.

Other authors who rank highly include the prolific novelist James Patterson, Orange Prize for Fiction founder Kate Mosse, children's writer Jacqueline Wilson and the late Stieg Larsson, whose Millennium trilogy continues to sell in huge numbers.

Non-authors include Google founder Larry Page, Random House boss Gail Rebuck, BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow and editor Stuart Proffitt, who currently occupies the role of publishing director at Penguin.

Sam Husain, chief executive officer at Foyles, is in 83rd position, with the Guardian citing his vision for the organisation's continued expansion and 'trumpeting the virtues of a knowledgeable and passionate staff' as key factors in the bookstore's enduring popularity among literature lovers.

Interestingly, the 100th spot in the list is given to the general public, whose thoughts, opinions and comments on social media sites such as Twitter were deemed by the compilers of the list to be of ever-increasing importance to the world of publishing.

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