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Amanda Knox: the latest "it" girl of publishing

Two big questions for the publishing world: Will the newly freed Amanda Knox write a book – and how much does the public care?

By Husna Haq / October 4, 2011

Given her family's legal bills of more than $1 million, some say it is inevitable that Amanda Knox will publish a book.

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If there’s an "it" girl in publishing right now, it’s Amanda Knox.

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As soon as she was cleared of murder charges in Italy on Monday, she became the most sought-after interview, with ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC and others clamoring to get the first lucrative sit-down with the American exchange student.

Almost as quickly, publishing insiders began jockeying for position for a possible – some say inevitable – book deal.

There’s plenty to write about. A salacious story of sex, drugs, and murder abroad, Ms. Knox’s case has attracted international fascination. The American exchange student was acquitted Monday in a Perugia, Italy, court of the murder of Meredith Kercher, her British roommate, bringing an end to a four-year case that whipped up a media frenzy in its final months. In the case, and in breathless media reports about it, Knox “was variously portrayed as a lying, manipulative temptress or an innocent abroad who became unwittingly caught up in a gross miscarriage of justice,” writes the Monitor’s Nick Squires.

Already, at least 10 books on the market deal with Knox’s case, including “Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox,”The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox,” “The Monster of Perugia: The Framing of Amanda Knox,” and "Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal" among others.

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