Such is customer service in the new digital age of transparency that Random House is offering refunds on "A Million Little Pieces" to people who purchased direct from the publisher. (According to the Reuters report.) This after a TheSmokingGun.com report -- and much discussion of it in countless blog entries and news stories -- that casts serious doubt on the alleged memoir's veracity. It's a testament to lessons learned by Dell and Kryptonite Locks -- when the word-of-mouth turns against you, respond, act, do something. Because stonewalling doesn't work any more.
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Pamela Parker is a former managing editor of ClickZ News, Features, and Experts. She's been covering interactive advertising and marketing since the boom days of 1999, chronicling the dot-com crash and the subsequent rise of the medium. Before working at ClickZ, Parker was associate editor at @NY, a pioneering Web site and e-mail newsletter covering New York new media start-ups. Parker received a master's degree in journalism, with a concentration in new media, from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
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