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Friday, August 26, 2005
I have a few books which I bought purposely because there was a dispute about the covers. Olivia Goldsmith's "Bestseller" is one; it featured a mockup of the NY Times' bestseller list with her book as #1. The Times objected, so the cover had to be redone. (The book was pretty good, too.) "Civil Action," the Jonathan Harr book about a water polution case in Mass., was another one I bought. It didn't sell with its original cover design. The publisher thought it looked too much like a text book, so they redid the cover. (It was subsequently made into a movie starring Travolta as the lawyer.) This morning I read about another book which I think I'll try to locate. This time the problem isn't the cover.
BEAST SELLER CONTAINS AN EPIC GOOF
Random House had an unexpected surprise for readers who picked up the hot new fantasy book "Eldest" this week — in some copies, the story suddenly stops after a few hundred pages and an entirely different book begins. "If somebody has a copy of the misprinted book, they've got a real collector's item on their hands," said Stuart Applebaum, chief spokesman for the publishing giant. Because of a publishing glitch, about 1,000 copies of the 681-page novel for young adults by Christopher Paolini abruptly stop at page 237. What follows is 32 pages of "Inkspell," another children's fantasy by Cornelia Funke — which is not due out until next month.
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