Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Wow: Random House Offering Refund For Disgraced Memoir "A Million Little Pieces"

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Random House is offering a full refund to anyone who purchased "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey -- the book exposed by The Smoking Gun as perhaps good fiction, but far from an accurate memoir. Naturally, almost no readers have ever purchased a book directly from Random House, but it's pretty unprecedented.

They also said people who didn't buy it directly from them should try and return the book to their local store. Obviously the publisher is convinced they were defrauded or they wouldn't be abandoning one of their most profitable releases of the last year. (Don't forget: this book was an Oprah pick and has sold literally millions of copies.)

A quick call to my local Barnes & Noble said they were sticking by their standard policy: if you bought the book in the last 14 days and have a receipt, you can get a full refund. Any earlier than that and you will be offered store credit. Not bad for a dog-eared paperback, I suppose.

Frey remains defiant. Hollywood Reporter says he posted a notice saying "I stand by my book and my life and I won't dignify this bullshit with any sort of further response." I tried to link to it, but the site is overwhelmed with traffic. And if he won't dignify it with any further response, why is he going on "Larry King" tonight for an hour?

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