Murdoch Won’t Do ‘It’ After All

cheering.jpgThis item was just sent from one of my favorite sources of book news and I figured you might be interested:

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch announced this afternoon that the company is canceling publication of O.J. Simpson’s book “If I Did It” as well as the broadcast of the two-part interview with Simpson that was conducted by Judith Regan and was to air on Fox News.

Said Murdoch: “I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project. We are sorry for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.”

Regan’s imprint, ReganBooks, was to have published the book, which she called a “confession,” on Nov. 30. The deal was estimated to be worth $3.5 million.

The fact that the O.J. book has been acquitted, I assume, doesn’t change holiday gift-giving plans among any of us in Northfield. I know I had no interest in reading the book or even using it to even out an old bookshelf that’s learning too hard to the left. But I am now curious about one thing: What will happen with the already-printed copies? Bet that’s an eBay auction waiting to happen. Though maybe they’ll do the right thing, too.

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