When the publication of OJ Simpson‘s now beyond-infamous “confession” IF I DID IT was canceled late last month, HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum told the Associated Press that “some copies had already been shipped to stores but would be recalled, and all copies would be destroyed.” Looks like the definition of “all” is somewhat fuzzy because according to Nielsen Bookscan numbers released earlier today, 100 copies of IF I DID IT sold across the country in the week ending December 3. As one tipster put it, “not only are copies leaking out, but some bookstores are actually selling them.”
But, yes, it could have been much worse:
That some copies sold instead of going back to HarperCollins’ warehouse for pulping is to be expected – and perhaps the real surprise is that so few leaked out.
Stay tuned for reports of exorbitant black-market prices….