Thursday, 23 April 2009

Stephenie Meyer and Deseret Books

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Stephenie Meyer - has been hit by more problems – or is it yet one more publicity stunt…. I can’t help but be suspicious of the ‘happenings’ surrounding Ms. Meyer’s books. Maybe I’m super-critical, but in these circumstances I tend to think ‘hidden agenda’…. Her public problems are beginning to tot up…. And after each problem, her sales shoot through the roof….

As my old mum used to say, 'There’s no such thing as ‘bad’ publicity.'

The latest happening

…. Deseret Book stores have apparently taken the decision to remove Stephenie Meyer's best-selling vampire romance books from the shelves of its chain stores. Customers can ask for Meyer's Twilight, New Moon , Eclipse or Breaking Dawn to be specially ordered, but they will no longer be available over the counter.

"We're never really given a reason for these things," said Steve Hartvigsen, manager of the Deseret Book store at Valley Fair Mall. "We just get a return sheet and send books back."

Leigh Dethman, Deseret Books spokeswoman, was not available for questions about the decision, but an e-mail said,

"Like any retailer, our purpose is to offer products that are embraced and expected by our customers. When we find products that are met with mixed review, we typically move them to special order status."

Elizabeth Eulberg, director of publicity for Stephenie Meyer's books, said in a statement, “She had not been alerted to any changes regarding the distribution at Deseret, and had no further comment.”

So what's going on .... the left hand doesn't seem to know what the right is doing... or is it all smoke and mirrors to whip up interest....

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