Barnes & Noble has decided to stock copies of “If I Did It” in stores as well as selling the book online. Initially, it had claimed that lack of customer demand was keeping it from the retail shelves. Since the announcement a few weeks ago of the publication of the book, Beaufort Books has received 116,000+ pre orders.
Denise Brown has decided to not go on the Oprah show on September 13. According to Brown, at the time she agreed to the show, the book was still being shopped around. Brown wanted to make the case for the book’s non publication but now feels that appearing on the show would be “moot” given that the publisher is rushing to make the book available on September 13 to coincide with the show itself. Beaufort Books, the publisher of the tome, has said it will print 125,000 copies to meet the 116,000 pre-orders. Barnes and Noble still refuses to stock it in the stores.
Via NewYork Times.
The Goldman’s were granted the rights to the OJ hypothetical confession and shopped it to Beaufort Books, a sometimes vanity press where authors contribute monetarily to the publication of their books. The Brown family is not happy about the publication of the book. Oprah has booked the two camps for a high charged Springer like episode. Fred and Kim Goldman will face criticism from Denise Brown on September 13, 2007.
The brick and mortar arm of Barnes and Noble will not carry the hypothetical confession of OJ Simpson in his book, “If I Did It”. Borders will carry it in the store and Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon will make the title available online. B&N’s reason for not stocking it in the stores is based on the the store’s buyers belief that there isn’t the retail interest to justify the shelf space.
Via Publishers’ Weekly.
Beaufort Books has the print and distribution rights to the semi fictional autobiography by OJ Simpson entitled, If I Did It. The Goldman family agreed to a deal for an undisclosed sum with Beaufort a few days ago. Beaufort would be considered a Vanity Press by some since it publishes books that require monetary investment by the author. The Goldman family agent, Sharlene Martin, maintains that this book deal, though, is a traditional one.
Martin says that the deal is about taking money from OJ Simpson, “not about making money for the Goldmans.” I am not sure that is technically accurate as the judge awarded the Goldman family the rights to the book a few months ago. The Goldman family did not have to publish this book at all.
"I think when the general public reads this book they will completely understand why this book had to be published under this scenario and not the other scenario,–? Martin said.
I guess we’ll see, won’t we?
The Goldman’s were awarded the rights to OJ Simpson’s fictional biopic entitled “If I Did It.” Judith Regan had originally bought the book, hired the ghostwriter, and then got axed for the bad business decision of trying to publish it. Now the Goldman’s are shopping it around again, and I’m certain some publisher will pick it up and it will sell lots of books.
Via Publisher’s Weekly.