The book's cover speaks volumes. The words "I Did It" are red, large and unavoidable.If inspected closer, a small, purple "if" can be spotted somewhere within the main title ' an obvious ploy of this stupid book's real storyline.

What's most troubling about O.J. Simpson's fictional account of the 1994 murders and how he would have committed them is a major bookstore chain's decision to go back on its much-esteemed promise.

After saying it would not stock copies of "If I Did It" in its stores, citing lack of customer demand, Barnes & Noble told The Associated Press last week that it would indeed carry the piece of laughable garbage. My words, not theirs.

Since the initial decision on Aug. 21 against stocking the book, but selling it online, Barnes & Noble spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating told the media, "We've been monitoring the pre-orders and customer requests and have concluded that enough customers have expressed interest in buying the book to warrant stocking it in our stores. We do not intend to promote the book but we will stock it in our stores because our customers are asking for it."

Who cares? "If I Did It" is nothing more than a huge slap in the face of the two victims whose memories seemingly get lost in this three-ring circus. I do not care how O.J. would have killed the very people he supposedly never stabbed. Why would anyone else?

But of course, they will. Weird minds out there will suck this drivel up for whatever reason. And this high (but unfortunate) demand is causing Barnes & Noble to go after the dollar signs instead of holding on to its integrity.

Over the summer, a federal bankruptcy judge awarded rights to the book to (victim) Ronald Goldman's family to help satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgment against Simpson. The book will be published Sept. 13 by Beaufort Books on behalf of the Goldman family, which considers the book Simpson's confession.

Does he really need a confession? His search for the "real killers" ' a promise he made years ago to "not rest" until they were found ' seems to have been thrown to the Bin Laden back burner. Maybe they're all hiding together somewhere.

The true authors and meaning behind this book are still vague. Simpson has disowned it, saying he had little to do with its creation. Naturally! The money is no longer going to his pockets. The ghostwriter, Pablo Fenjves, has disagreed, saying "If I Did It" is based on extensive discussions with Simpson.

Again ' who cares? I cannot imagine why anyone ' in his or her right mind-would want to read this, let alone pay hard-earned cash for it. Even moderately-earned cash.

Granted, the Goldmans are receiving the proceeds but, with all due respect, I hope it's petty cash.

Barnes & Noble should have been proud of its former decision to ban this trash. It showed some heart and a sound conscience.

The new decision to stock the book, albeit without promotion, erases all good intention and empathetic sense.

Chris Barnes' columns can be found on www.berksmontnews.com.

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