James Patterson is in no need of a bailout. The author of bestsellers including “Along Came a Spider” and “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas” currently occupies spots on four different New York Times bestseller lists with three discrete books. (Those would be “Alex Cross, Run”; “Now You See Her,” written with Michael Ledwidge; and “I, Michael Bennett,” written with Ledwidge also.)

Despite his success in a strain of genre fiction not often recommended in classrooms, Patterson has become, suddenly, the closest thing the publishing industry has to an ambassador. The multimillion-seller author placed an ad last weekend in the New York

Publisher Zagat Survey LLC, which provides user-generated, survey-based information on dining, travel and leisure, announced that it is seeking a potential buyer for the company. It has hired Goldman, Sachs & Co. to assist in “a process of exploring strategic opportunities to grow its business, including, among other things, potential partnerships or joint ventures and a potential sale of the company,” according to a statement issued by Zagat. “Coming off 2007 as our best year ever, we see many opportunities ahead driven by the strength of the Zagat brand and the expansion of our user-generated content and distribution vehicles,” say Co-Chairs Tim and Nina

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