The surprising success of N.Y. Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin has become one of the year's best sports/human interest stories -- and e-book authors are rushing to cash in on it.
Lin, an Asian-American who graduated from Harvard, wasn't drafted by an NBA team and was cut by two teams before finding a spot far down the Knicks' bench. Injuries to other players gave him a chance to start, and he has been phenomenal ever since (except for Thursday's disaster against the Miami Heat).
Whenever there's a good story, publishers won't be far behind. And the advent of e-books has made it much easier for authors to cash in. I imaginesome of these writers pounding away on their laptops at halftime of a Knicks game, and wrapping it up by the time the final buzzer sounds.
As the GalleyCat blog noted, the list of e-books about Lin is long -- and quickly growing longer. Some are quickie bios such as "Linsanity: The Improbable Rise of Jeremy Lin" or "Call Me Jeremy."
Others are specialty books. There's "Jeremy Lin NBA Jokes," which offers this typo-ridden sample in the sales blurb: "What are jeremy Lin's favorite Pastries? TurnOver's!" And "Motivational Words from Jeremy Lin," with this nugget of locker room wisdom: “We relish being the underdog. We love having something to prove, and I think we proved it tonight”
What do you want in three weeks? "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
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