Written by Rich Lather
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Topics: Washington, Sales

Sunday, 25 July 2004

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Second printing, revised cover art

WASHINGTON - Following the release of former President Bill Clinton's book, 'My Life', in June of this year, several watch-groups have reported a host of typographical errors. The book has enjoyed only marginal sales, despite the heavy marketing blitz and the media's frenzied reporting upon its release.

Despite the book's lackluster performance, the publisher is forging ahead with a second printing. "It is our hope," stated Jared Penskowski of Doubleday Publishing, "that the corrected version of President Clinton's book will attract a broader readership. Admittedly, we rushed the original version of the book to press a bit hastily and, therefore, it carried with it a number of errors; some of them quite glaring."

Former President Clinton wasn't available for comment; however a spokesman for Mr. Clinton told reporters that "the former President wasn't aware of any significant errors in the publication, but trusted his publisher to do what is best." The publisher indicated that the corrections were intended to clear up any inaccuracies and present to the world a clearer, more precise accounting of the former President's life, especially those years leading up to and during his term as President.

The changes range from minor misspellings, incorrect numbers to updated cover art. Over 300 misspellings were corrected. Several typographical numerical errors were edited to reflect a more accurate picture. For example, in a paragraph summarizing the number of women with whom former President had been unfaithful, a zero was added. Also, as an aid to those who may not be familiar with Democrat terminology, a glossary was added to define the meaning of ambiguous words such as 'is'.

Readers should find copies of the second printing at bookstores within the week. Amazon.com has pre-released the book at 40% off the cover price to boost initial sales.

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