In an unprecedented move, Random House is offering refunds to readers who bought James Frey’s drug and alcohol memoir “A Million Little Pieces” directly from the publisher, following accusations that the author exaggerated his story. The refund will be issued in pennies, to go along with the “Million Little Pieces” theme. If only it could be proven that Jesus really didn’t turn water into wine, a number of people may be seeing refunds come their way, as well.
Readers calling Random House’s customer service line to complain on Wednesday were told that if the book was bought directly from the publisher it could be returned for a full refund. Those who bought the book at a bookstore were told to try and return it to the store where it was bought.
“If the book was bought directly from us we will refund the purchase price in full,” one Random House customer service told Reuters, adding that readers would have to return the book with the original invoice. “If you bought it at a book store, we ask that you return the book to the book store.”
“A Million Little Pieces” is still listed as non-fiction. How long will it take for that to change? No word on if your typical bookstore is going to offer the same refund or not. blogNYC is monitoring Barnes and Noble’s response.