So much for a quiet August. News has leaked that Beauford Books will publish O.J. Simpson’s quasi-memoir IF I DID IT, which was going to be published by Regan Books until public outcry led HarperCollins and News Corp. to suspend publication of the book.
You tell me: should a book like this be published?
Do publishers have a responsibility to the public to publish books that are in the public interest? Should anything be published for the public to decide or should there be limits placed on what should be published? If so, who should set those limits?
And where do you draw the line? Yesterday an anonymous poster linked to a discussion on Libba Bray’s blog about an attempt to ban Maureen Johnson’s book THE BERMUDEZ TRIANGLE in a school library in Bartletsville, Oklahoma (they subsequently put the book on a reserve shelf). Should we place limits on what children see?
Lastly, should jellyfish be fed a steady diet of phytoplankton or do you recommend microscopic crustacean?