[UPDATE from the Free Press: “We’re very sorry for this mistake. The Free Press had been preparing a fantastic book to publish should Michigan win the national title, and an error with our book publisher caused the promotion for the book to be displayed on Amazon. The book was never finished and never published. Our publisher is working with Amazon to make sure it gets removed. Hopefully at this time next year, however, we WILL be publishing either a book on Michigan or Michigan State winning the 2014 national title.”]
Michigan players weren’t going to profit from their Final Four run. But the Detroit Free Press definitely intended to do so. Amazon and the book’s publishers made the paper’s “A-Maize-ing” book commemorating Michigan’s “SECOND NCAA TITLE!” available for pre-sale, at a discounted price, despite Louisville winning the title.
"This commemorative book on Michigan’s 2013 NCAA men’s basketball championship provides a visual account of the Wolverines’ road to glory. Through unique words and images from Michigan’s largest newspaper, the Detroit Free Press, this celebratory book takes readers from the season’s first games in November and on through the exciting 2012–2013 season, the Big Ten tournament, and the road to the Final Four in Atlanta. Including more than 100 color photographs and featuring stars Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway, Jr., and Glen Robinson III and head coach John Beilein, this keepsake book is an essential part of any fan’s collection."
Fans are already gobbling up this “essential” component of their collection. It has rocketed up to 10th on the Bestseller list…of Midwest US Travel Guides.