On the Books: Amazon unveils best-selling books of 2013; Lindsay Lohan allegedly writing tell-all

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We’re starting the week with a round-up of the best-selling books, news on a possible book by “celebrity” Lindsay Lohan, as well as a forthcoming actual celebrity self-help book that’s (gasp!) not by Gwyneth Paltrow. Read on for today’s top headlines:

Amazon has announced its best-selling books of 2013, with Dan Brown’s Inferno as the best-selling book overall, and Veronica Roth’s Allegiant topping the Kids & Teens category, according to the press release. The 10 best-selling books overall are:

1. Inferno by Dan Brown
2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
4. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
5. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will by Sheryl Sandberg
6. The Hit by David Baldacci
7. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
8. Entwined with You by Sylvia Day
9. Never Go Back by Lee Child
10. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Lindsay Lohan is allegedly writing a tell-all, which TMZ reports she wrote during rehab “as a therapeutic exercise” and is now shopping to publishers in New York, including Waxman Leavall. [TMZ]

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, are reportedly planning a book, and have met with publishers to discuss its content, which will cover the shooting and aftermath. [The New York Times]

Random House has acquired a book believed to be the first prison memoir by an African-American, written in the 1800s. [The New York Times]

Cameron Diaz has penned a self-help book called The Body Book, her debut work outlining her health and nutrition tips. The book hits shelves on New Year’s Eve. [The Telegraph]

Photographer and author Arlene Alda, wife of actor Alan Alda, will be releasing a new book through Henry Holt & Company titled Just Kids From the Bronx, a collection of autobiographical stories from Bronx natives, including actor Al Pacino and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. According to the press release, the book will be published February 2015.

Question of the day: Are publishers aiming for shorter books because of the Internet’s TL;DR stance? Carl Wilson considers the trend. [The Globe and Mail]

Speaking of the Internet, social media site Reddit has grown to become a watering hole for readers and book enthusiasts, with the Books subreddit becoming one of the largest communities on the web, according to the site’s Director of Communications Victoria Taylor. [Publishers Weekly]

Forbes compiled a list of the books that inspire startup founders. Some titles are expected – Lincoln On Leadership by Donald T. Phillips, The Everything Store by Brad Stone — but many of the works cited are actually classic novels. [Forbes]

Finally, if you’ve got a road trip coming up for the holidays, USA Today‘s compiled a list of the best audiobooks for the season. [USA Today]

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