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Anonymous B&H Non-Fiction Title Confuses

Here’s what we know — or don’t know — about Embracing Obscurity the October B&H Books paperback title by “Anonymous.”

  • There appears to be two different cover images depending on where you see the title advertised
  • The YouTube promotional video has become “private” and can no longer be viewed
  • The B&H website doesn’t recognize the title nor the ISBN when you type it into the search field
  • And then there’s that cryptic author bio: “Anoymous is an experienced author who shall remain anonymous given the topic of the book at hand.”
  • At the book listing on Ingram however, a different author bio clearly implies a female author.

Perhaps with this much confusion heretofore, the book is destined for more obscurity than the publishers were planning.

  1. August 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I don’t pretend any special inside knowledge but does this help?
    Anoymous is an experienced author who shall remain anonymous given the topic of the book at hand.


    • August 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Well… remind me not to get you to comment on my next conspiracy theory!

      Seriously, the video was marked as “private” up to midnight last night, and the publisher website still does not accept the ISBN or title as a search criteria.

      I did manage to see the video on a U.S. retailer’s website.

      The whole thing seems rather gimmicky… it reminds me of this from exactly three years ago:

      free bookI like creative merchandising and marketing as much as anyone else. The more radical the better. But in my own retail environment, I’d be concerned about copies of this book walking out the door. As in, not paid for. And putting a price tag on the front cover would seem to undermine the creativity of the cover itself. What do you think? The asterisk leads to the words at the bottom, “Nope. Sorry. Not that Kind of Free.” The book, a 238-page paperback about freedom in the Spirit, by Brian Tome releases from Thomas Nelson in January at $14.99 US. I’m sure stores will move a lot of copies! But will they scan a lot of copies?

  2. August 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    LOL. Ok. Yes. It just might be a gimmick that gets traction from bloggers that like conspiracy theories. 🙂

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