Markoff on Carly’s “Tough Choices”

So I read John Markoff’s piece on Thursday about the debut of Carly (Your So Vain) Fiorina’s book “Tough Choices” and then read it again. And, then looked at it a third time and I am still confused about one thing. I get the point about the main point of the story, which is that HP, under Carly’s watch, began to initiate the initial investigation around leaks to the press by members of the HP board. Markoff gets a few other points across too, mostly Carly’s resentment toward HP’s directors.

Where I’m scratching my head is this: According to Markoff’s piece, the book is “embargoed for release” until next Tuesday, which is October 10th. However, HP made the book available to reviewers if they were willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Markoff is obviously a news reporter, not a book reviewer so he was not given this opportunity. Yet Markoff writes that a New York Times reporter purchased the book at a bookstore Wednesday, Oct. 4. So what I am wondering is why sign an NDA if you ca pick it up already? And, why is the book is on sale ahead of the alleged release date? Did a clerk at a single store goof here, or is yet another example of an “intentional leak” by HP? Incidentally, a quick scan of the NYT web site’s book review section reveals that their Book Review desk has yet to pen anything on “Tough Choices.”

Finally, some what ironic is that opposite Markoff’s story and Carly’s mug on the site is an ad for HP blade server systems. I’m sure Carly isn’t engaging in much blade server talk these days.

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