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Barnes & Noble to stock OJ Simpson book
01.01.70 | Anna Richardson
Barnes & Noble has decided to sell OJ Simpson's book If I Did It in its stores, reversing an earlier decision to offer the controversial title only online, reports Reuters. "Our customers are asking for it. We have been monitoring pre-orders and decided we had enough" to put the book on retail shelves, company spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating said.
If I Did It, in which Simpson offers a hypothetical account of his ex-wife's murder, has caused controversy since it was revealed last November that Simpson worked with a ghostwriter to author it. Last month, New York-based Beaufort Books partnered with the Goldman family to publish If I Did It because the publisher believes it will be seen "as a confession by many who will read it," according to a statement from Beaufort. The book is set for a 14th September US release, and 150,000 copies will be printed, up from a previously planned 125,000 copies, according to a Beaufort spokeswoman.
Keating said Barnes & Noble originally believed demand would not be high enough to put the book in stores. But online pre-orders have risen more than expected and the book has been on the top 100 list at barnesandnoble.com.