UPDATE: A concerned reader has informed us that there is already another Jeremy Lin book in print: Jeremy Lin: An Unauthorized Biography, a 64-page volume published by Belmont & Belcourt Books on March 15.
Right Fit Reading Issues Unauthorized Biography of NY Knicks Point Guard Jeremy Lin; First-to-Print Book Offers Inspiring Look at Incredible Life of Basketball’s Newest Star
‘From the End of the Bench to Stardom’ reveals the real Jeremy Lin, told through exclusive interviews with those who knew him before ‘Linsanity’ and the NBA
NEW YORK, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — New York publishing company Right Fit Reading today released the first-to-print unauthorized biography of NY Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. “From the End of the Bench to Stardom” traces the life of the basketball star, from childhood into his college years at Harvard University, and beyond. Through exclusive interviews and the colorful recollections of Harvard insiders, including his college basketball coach, author Bill Davis introduces the real Jeremy Lin as told by those who know him best. The book is available online and hits retail shelves March 31st.
The star basketball player who is enjoying his breakout season, rocketed to fame this year with an extraordinary display of athletic skill, unrelenting energy and a winning smile. An instant fan favorite, public amazement at his record-smashing performance was quickly branded “Linsanity” and has attracted legions of fans and celebrity supporters, from Beatle Paul McCartney to President Barack Obama.
“‘From the End of the Bench to Stardom’ is an unauthorized biography of NY Knicks basketball player Jeremy Lin. It’s the first and only book to offer Lin’s real-life story, told by those who know him best,” Ed Monagle, Right Fit Reading co-founder said. “Right Fit Reading’s unauthorized biography of Jeremy Lin is packed with interviews and colorful recollections from his Harvard coach, professors, classmates and others — the people who knew him before the NBA. For anyone curious about the real Jeremy Lin, his life before ‘Linsanity,’ or the making of a basketball superstar, ‘From the End of the Bench to Stardom’ is THE must-read biography of 2012.”
“Jeremy Lin is a world-class athlete whose passion and performance have earned him millions of fans around the world. Anyone who reads ‘From the End of the Bench to Stardom’ will know that Jeremy Lin is deserving of the public cheers and support,” said Jonathan Kestenbaum, co-founder of Right Fit Reading. “This is a classic story of an underdog athlete who defied the odds and made it to the big league. Jeremy Lin is a modern-day hero and inspiring proof that dreams really do come true.”
“From the End of the Bench to Stardom” provides comforting satisfaction to sports fans who may be showing symptoms of “Linsanity” and March Madness. In releasing the inspiring biography of Jeremy Lin, Right Fit Reading has responded to strong public interest in the star player’s private side, and scored a series of publishing victories in the process.
The unauthorized biography by Bill Davis is being released in print and ebook formats. Print editions are available at www.getlinsbook.com and will appear in bookstores nationwide on March 31st. The ebook, published by Open Road Integrated Media, can be purchased now through Amazon.com, Apple iBookstore, BarnesandNoble.com, Google/IndieBound, Kobo Books, OverDrive, and the Sony Reader Store. Retailers may order through Ingram’s website at www.ingrambook.com.
Nowhere is Linsanity and the Jeremy Lin phenomenon more evident than in the U.S. and China, where Lin-themed items are flying off store shelves. In less than four weeks, New York sporting goods chain Modell’s exhausted an eye-popping 189,000 pieces of Jeremy Lin merchandise. Sales of jerseys bearing his name and number dwarf those of all other NBA players.
Right Fit Reading will answer international interest in the point guard’s life with a Chinese-language version of its biography in print and ebook editions. “From the End of the Bench to Stardom” is being distributed in print by Ingram, with digital distribution by Open Road Interactive Media.
“From the End of the Bench to Stardom” represents a milestone in the next generation of publishing and distribution. The book was developed and released in just 30 days, beating out industry bigs Scholastic and Hachette. In addition to being the first biography of Lin to hit store shelves with release in print and digital formats, it’s the only book to be issued in a Chinese-language edition.
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About Right Fit Reading
Right Fit Reading has mobilized an innovative publishing model that uniquely positions it within the rapidly changing book industry. Addressing the need for better ways of delivering the right books to the right readers, the company has engineered a program that will create four different versions of books based on reading levels. Right Fit Readers will include new works, as well as repurposed classic titles, in both paperback and eBook formats. Right Fit Reading was founded in 2012 by publishing executives Ed Monagle and John Cheary, and entrepreneur Jonathan Kestenbaum.