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Juice is served as Beaufort Books tackles OJ book ‘If I Did It’
When Beaufort Books finalized a deal with the Goldman family
for O.J. Simpson’s tell-all
book "If I Did It," the publisher’s president Eric Kampmann
probably figured enough time had passed to avert a repeat of that last
year’s firestorm. In late 2006, HarperCollins
destroyed 400,000 copies
of the book, which retells Ron Goldman’s
and Nicole Brown Simpson’s
murders, as bookstores across the country refused to carry the title.
At the time, the
American public condemned If I Did It’s imminent publication, believing
it was a brazen attempt for Simpson to capitalize on an unspeakable
crime for financial gain. The fallout led to publisher Judith Regan getting axed, the
termination of her imprint, ReganBooks, and the flamboyant Regan filing a
After a Florida bankruptcy court awarded the rights of If I Did It to
the Goldman family earlier this month, Los Angeles-based literary agent
Sharlene Martin of Martin
Literary Management brokered the deal with Beaufort Books, which will
finally move If I Did It from the publishing scrapheap to bookstores
across the country.
"I am very proud to be part of my clients’ effort to expose this
confessional to the rest of the world. Once I read it, I knew I wanted
to help get this book out so any illusions of ‘fiction’ would be
dismissed," said Martin in a press release. "Our decision to go with
Beaufort Books was based upon Eric Kampmann’s stellar reputation in the
publishing industry and his passion for justice for the Goldmans."
If I Did It will help move Beaufort Books, a small New York publisher,
into the American mainstream with its launch in October. Public outrage
over the book seems to have dwindled, but on Tuesday the Associated
Press reported that Barnes & Noble would not carry it, citing what
it claims is a lack of customer interest. That’s probably another way
of saying B&N wants no part of a potential train wreck, even if
chances of that are low. Unlike last year, Borders Group quickly
countered by stating it will carry the beleaguered book.
Kampmann was careful to note that the Goldmans, not OJ, stand to
benefit from the book’s publication. "We will be working diligently to
not only publish this book well, but to honor the memory of the victims
of this terrible crime: Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson," he said
in the announcement.
Beaufort Books was founded in 1980 and has been owned by Eric Kampmann
since 1984. It recently published titles like "The Knock at the Door"
by Margaret Ajemian Ahnert,
"The Presence Process" by Michael
Brown, and "Defining Moments" by Gordon Zacks.
The Goldmans, the publisher and agent Sharlene Martin will contribute
portions of sales proceeds to the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice,
according to Beaufort Books.
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