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Barnes and Noble-Agrees to Carry-If I Did It in Stores

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September 6 – September 13, 2007 Edition

Barnes & Noble
Agrees to Carry
If I Did It in Stores

NEW YORK, NY/9/4/2007–Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Borders Book Stores both plan to carry If I Did It, the controversial book by O.J. Simpson that was awarded by the courts to the family of Ron Goldman. The book has been annotated with the family’s version of the horrific murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Originally, Barnes & Noble said it would not carry the book, which originally sold to and was withdrawn from publication by HarperCollins in late 2006.

The news comes as a real break for independent publisher Beaufort Books, which plans to release 150,000 copies of the book in a first run September 13. Fred and Kim Goldman and Denise Brown will appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show that day.

According to a report in Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble has been monitoring sales on its Barnesandnoble.com website and has decided that the book, which is ranking among the top 5 titles on the site, has enough demand to sell through its brick and mortar stores.

Eric M. Kampmann, President of Beaufort Books, is well-known for helping hundreds of independent publishers gain access to the trade marketplace. He is a founder of Beaufort and CEO of Midpoint Trade Books. His career includes senior sales and management positions at Viking, St. Martin’s, and Simon & Schuster. Beaufort Books was founded in 1980 and has been owned by Eric Kampmann since 1984. It has recently published such highly acclaimed titles as 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 Sharlene Martin will all contribute portions of sales proceeds to the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice. The book’s cover will feature a label proclaiming the book “The Ron goldman Foundation for Justice Authorized Version.”