Jonah Lehrer’s terrible, awful week is about to get even worse. The disgraced Rhodes scholar’s best-selling book, “Imagine: How Creativity Works” is being withdrawn from sale, according to a Tweet by New York Times’ book reporter Julie Bosman and its publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
On its site, the publisher explains that anyone who purchased one of the 200,000 books in print can return their copy to the bookseller or snail mail “Imagine” directly to Houghton Mifflin’s office in Boston, Mass.
Houghton Mifflin will accept the returned books through the end of 2012, and send a refund of $30 “within 30 days of receipt of the book ($26 for the book, plus $4 to cover mailing charges).”
E-book readers will have a harder time getting a refund, however, and will have to take things up with their online retailer.
This caps off a lousy week for Lehrer, who was exposed by Tablet journalist Michael Moynihan for fabricating quotes by none other than Bob Dylan. Lehrer had come under fire for this before during his tenure at the New Yorker, but even Moynihan told Reuters “he was baffled” by the extent to which Lehrer went to cover up his lies.