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Steve Harvey -- Outrage Over Paperback Book Mystery

2/4/2011 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Steve Harvey gave one of his fans a $100 bill in exchange for a copy of his new book -- after the comic  noticed something about the cover that could expose a thief ... TMZ has learned.

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It all went down at a book signing in Virgina last month -- when a woman handed Steve a paperback edition of his new book, "Straight Talk, No Chaser."

We're told Steve quickly realized the paperback edition has NOT been released yet and asked the woman where she obtained it. The woman insisted she bought it at a local store and even produced a receipt.

Steve offered the woman a cool $100 to keep the book -- and gave her a free hardback edition. But now, he's embarked on a mission to find out who leaked the paperback version ... and make whoever is responsible PAY.

So far, no official comment from Harvey's camp. Thanks to 106.5 The Beat for the pic.


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31.

paul    

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1322 days ago
32.

peepee    

The Chinese did it

1322 days ago
33.

MLMM    

Virgina? Where's that?

1322 days ago
34.

Mel    

Virgina? Where's that?

Where every pernis wants to be! :D

1322 days ago
35.

NoBreederRat    

Showtime at the Apollo was awesome when he hosted.

People would come out in some crazy ass attire and with one look he summed up what everyone was thinkin'. Damn I miss that.

1322 days ago
36.

Horace    

white people are so racist

1322 days ago
37.

Molly    

I work for a major book retail company. It isn't that the paperback having been printed that is the problem. Paperback version of a book, especially an extremely popular title, are printed months in advance. Those books become "strict on sale" pieces of merchandise. If they are released or sold before the publisher's mandated date of release, there are major problems. It would be the equivalent of someone releasing a Harry Potter book before the release date. It doesn't matter that the book had already been out in hardcover format; publishing companies have specific marketing campaigns for paperback releases. The fact that this was even out of a publisher's warehouse is a problem let alone that it made it to a distribution center, a store, and out onto the floor at a retail store without red flags going up is insane. Someone is in trouble...

1321 days ago
38.

Landreal    

Im seriously confused you can go buy the paperback on amazon.com right now WTG STEVE

http://www.amazon.com/Straight-Talk-No-Chaser-Understand/dp/0062002546

1321 days ago
39.

Jarhonda    

I love Steve Harvey, but I think one hundred dollars was a little cheap, I would have settled for at least 300.00, personally. Whoever is behind this is obviously a hater and doesnt want Steve to succeed, but God is in control of all things.

1321 days ago
40.

Rich    

A Steve Harvey book? Who gives a damn? It's not like the guy is funny.

1321 days ago
41.

johan    

this was too elongate to write..thank you.. for paperback at http://www.muselibrary.org/

1302 days ago
42.

tigress    

Authors and publishers should be aware that individuals who love to read will never spend the kind of money for a book that Borders, Waldens etc charge. We couldn't afford it so we buy used books. It is no wonder the book sellers are all bankrupt. The same goes for music.

1297 days ago
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