The Time 100 Most Influential People in the World is, by and large, a grab-bag of politicos, entertainers and technology entrepreneurs. But it also gives a nod to the publishing world. Among the Time 100 are:
-- E.L. James, the pseudonymous author who turned gratis fan fiction into a huge payday with "Fifty Shades of Grey," a trilogy of soft-core porn that has attracted a large readership of women.
-- Ann Patchett, the best-selling author who started an independent bookstore in Nashville to provide an alternative to big box stores and online retailers.
-- Walter Isaacson, biographer of Steve Jobs and recent speaker at the CityLit Festival in Baltimore. As Baltimore Sun blogger Gus Sentementes noted today, despite the bio, Isaacson uses a BlackBerry for his work as CEO of the Aspen Institute. (He also has an iPhone for personal use.)