Shirliey Fung
July 19, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The most alien beneficiary of ID has to be Richard Ford’s 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Independence Day. Ford’s tale of a midlife crisis got a shelf mate when HarperPrism released the film novelization. ”Sure, there’s confusion,” says Jennifer Wolfertz of Barnes & Noble. ”But the books are different genres — it’s comparing apples and oranges.” Although Ford could not be reached, he joked to Tom Snyder that he should ”be selling books in ticket lines.” He could clean up. ”There have been rumors that customers call for a copy of the movie tie-in to be put on reserve,” says one B&N worker. ”Then an employee accidentally reserves the Ford book instead. But the customer doesn’t end up bringing it back.”

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