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Anna Nicole Smith Book Lawsuit Proceeds

1504648_215X340.jpgThis week a federal judge ruled that Howard K. Stern‘s defamation lawsuit could not focus on allegations of homosexual activities in a recent book.

According to Reuters, the late Anna Nicole Smith‘s friend Stern had sued author Rita Cosby (pictured, via) and the Hachette Book Group for 19 allegedly libelous statements in Cosby’s book, “Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith’s Death.” Federal Judge Denny Chin dropped eight claims, and ruled that Hachette should not be involved in the lawsuit since the publisher had “no reason to doubt the truth of the book.”

The Morning Media Menu discussed the case today as well. Here’s more from the article: “Chin dismissed Stern’s claims that statements implying he was homosexual were defamatory … But he noted Cosby, who is also a television reporter, had to answer to claims that she knew some of her sources were not truthful.”

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Publisher Profits from Anna Nicole’s Death

Now, let me say that the headline isn’t meant as condemnation, more as confirmation. In fact, when I saw Julie Bosman‘s New York Times piece about Barricade Books rushing a revamped version of the 1996 bio GREAT BIG BEAUTIFUL DOLL by Eric and D’Eva Redding back into print, I wondered what took so long for them to do it, since And as it happens, the paperback reprint was in the works before Anna Nicole Smith‘s death last week, with updates just completed and the re-release slated for this spring.

Last fall, Carole Stuart, the publisher of Barricade Books, had observed Smith’s recent troubles, notably, the death of her 20-year-old son and the paternity dispute over her newborn daughter. “I just thought, so much has happened in the 10 years since the first book came out that it would make a good trade paperback,” Stuart said. “Then of course last week she dies. And so we suddenly got really, really attractive to the distributors and to the book buyers.” So attractive that booksellers and retailers have ordered thousands of copies of the book, sending it into an additional printing of 15,000 copies, a significant number for a publisher like Barricade, which puts out a modest 20 titles a year. And first editions of the book are retailing at used bookshops at $200 or higher.

No wonder Stuart had to add the caveat that “we didn’t kill her or anything” though she admits there’s lots of dough to be made. A French publisher called, wanting to buy the rights for a French version, and a Japanese agent wants to represent it in Asia, she said. An agent in Los Angeles and two in New York are competing to bid on the film rights to the book. “I think we’re probably going to make a quick deal for a TV movie,” she said. “Watch for it on Lifetime.”