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The Word: Depp planning to launch eccentric, yet dashing, book imprint

Celebrities are constantly launching perfumes and clothing lines.

Celebrities are constantly launching perfumes and clothing lines. But Johnny Depp is not just any old actor. He's Johnny Depp! He's gotta do things differently! So what is the famed actor's new vanity project? Why, he's going to publish books!

According to a statement by Harper Collins, Depp is launching an imprint with the book publisher called Infinitum Nihil (translation: "nothing last forever"). Per the statement, Depp says, "I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of people's time, of people's concern -- publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet."

The imprint has already announced one book: "The Untraveled Tales of Bob Dylan" by the historian Douglas Brinkley, which is set for publication in 2015.

Interesting way to inject some glamour into the rather staid world of book publishing. And, hey, unlike the rest of us involved in the media world, it's not like he has to worry about the scant paycheck. But does anyone else get the mental image of Depp editing books while dressed like a pirate and using a quill pen?

 
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