Matthew Flamm
March 03, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

A Warner Book
HarperCollins executive editor David Hirshey preempted four other bidders shortly before the week’s most anticipated auction was set to begin, forking over a reported $600,000 to Rams quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner for his inspirational ”bags to riches” story. Kurt Warner: My Story of Faith, Football, and the Miracle Season will be out in August.

Mob Rule
It hasn’t taken long for The Sopranos to go from cult favorite to media hit. But getting out an authorized companion book on the Mob saga is another story: Last year a proposed deal with Dell got shot full of holes at the last minute, and the show’s second season began with the book buried somewhere in the Jersey wetlands. But now an official book is finally set for the fall, though the cable company is treating the project like a sealed indictment. ”We’re not at the point where we can give out any more details,” says an HBO spokesman. In the meantime, ibooks, a new Web- and print-based publishing house, is filling the gap with The New York Times on The Sopranos, a collection consisting mainly of articles and essays that first ran in the paper of record. Noting the legal crackdown in recent years on unauthorized guides, ibooks president Byron Preiss says the press — and The New York Times — avoided copyright infringement charges by following ”every rule that the courts have provided.” That includes showing only news photos of actors, rather than on-set photos of characters.

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