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Film studios are not the only ones to benefit from the hoopla around the Oscar nominations; publishers get a bounce, too. Every year the Best Adapted Screenplay award focuses the public's attention on five films based on books that are considered to be the best example in their category. (Not to mention the 22 other tie-in titles that Barnes & Noble has adorning its endcap and table displays February 6-29.)
An Oscar nomination has a far-reaching effect not only on the film but for the tie-in book as well. Millions of people worldwide will watch the awards ceremony on TV, and all this attention gives publishers yet another opportunity to keep the books in stores.
This year's nominees for adaptation contains a few surprises. The …