September 7, 2006 on Random Thoughts
Today Random House and James Frey, the author of A Million Little Pieces, reached a settlement in the suit that was brought against them by readers who claimed they were “defrauded” because Frey’s book was labeled as a memoir, and it turns out that not everything in the book was true. Apparently, Frey was so cracked out he doesn’t remember huge chunks of what happened and dramatized a lot of things that weren’t that exciting. The most interesting part of the story is that the publisher is going to give a refund to everyone who wants their money back for the book.
An excerpt from an article by the Washington Post:
To receive refunds _ $23.95 for the hardcover, $14.95 for paperback _ consumers will have to submit a receipt or some other proof of purchase: for the hardcover, page 163; for the paperback, the front cover. They will also need to sign a sworn statement that they bought the book because they believed it was a memoir.
You actually have to rip out the pages/cover to send in for your refund.