Thursday, July 7
Red Riding Hood: Pages withheld
Red Riding Hood, a book by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson, does not have an ending. The story has an ending but the publisher decided to not print it.
Doesn't make sense, does it.
You can buy the book but you can't read the last few pages because the publisher has withheld them. It isn't that the author decided to end the book on a cliffhanger -- something that is done often enough -- it is that the publisher intentionally withheld that part of the book.
The kicker is that readers aren't informed of this fact before they buy the book.
Why is the publisher doing this? It seems to be an ill-conceived publicity stunt. After the movie was released readers could go to a website and read the ending.
Many of the one star reviews on Amazon.com mention this publicity stunt as the main reason for their low rating of the book (2.5 stars).
The first thing I thought of was: What would people have said if a small independent publisher had done this rather than Poppy, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group?
Here are the reviews on Amazon.com, they are interesting reading.