Ron Hogan reports one hilarious development of the Penguin lawsuit against Zak Smith’s Picture Showing What Happened on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon’s Novel Gravity’s Rainbow. The publisher, Tin House, is distributed by PGW. When the lawsuit happened, they had to push back the book’s release date, which meant that had the book shipped in December, Tin House would have lost around $100,000 in revenue. Plus, the publicity generated by Penguin’s lawsuit spurned interest. If only Penguin had found a way to sue all 150 publishers at the end of 2006, they might have saved a few more indie publishers.
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