Bookstore Offers Refunds For Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'
Did you buy a copy of Go Set A Watchman and feel bamboozled? If you bought it from Brilliant Books in Traverse City, MI, you can go ahead and return it for a full refund.
After speaking to a disappointed customer, Brilliant Books' owner, Peter Makin, decided to issue refunds for Watchman based on its marketing as a fully-realized novel as opposed to something more academic.
From the bookstore's web site:
It is disappointing and frankly shameful to see our noble industry parade and celebrate this as ‘Harper Lee’s New Novel’...This is pure exploitation of both literary fans and a beloved American classic (which we hope has not been irrevocably tainted). We therefore encourage you to view Go Set a Watchman with intellectual curiosity and careful consideration; a rough beginning for a classic, but only that.
The book has gotten reviews all over the map. Some love it, some hate it. Some reviewers agree that it's more of a novel skeleton while others seem totally satisfied.
Which brings up the big question:
Are these refunds all about fighting against an industry, or are they more about publicity?
Is this a true good guy in the book industry looking out for customers, or are we seeing a marketing scheme where a store gets some good press, issues a small number of refunds, and then banks on the likelihood that said refunds will be spent in the very same store?
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