Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Shame On Amazon - Censorship In America

A life long friend turned off his Kindle and closed his Amazon account in protest over their increasing involvement in politics. He didn't want his money going to support causes he opposed. I don't blame him.

I have been an Amazon seller for many years now and have spend a lot of money with them. I too am considering closing my account with them for the same reason as my friend along with a few more that I feel very strongly about such as their refusal to sell the Paperwhite Kindle in Canada, their foolish Canadian version of Prime, and the way they handle DRM which means you never actually own the Kindle book you purchased.

Now I have even more reason to boycott them and I hope you will to. Censorship has reared its ugly head at Amazon. This is not the first time. In the past several authors have had to fight to get their books sold there. But this may be the most egrgious example of political censorship at Amazon although I am sure it won't be the last.

Censorship has absolutely no place in America. None at all. Amazon, like Google, have become too powerful and too over reaching. It is time to send them both a message but right now the message I have for Amazon is that I am done with them. Neither Barnes and Noble, nor Kobo, nor Chapters-Indigo resort to this behaviour. Neither does my local bookstore. They are more deserving of my money.

Is Amazon Banning Conservative Book?

Jan 16, 2013

Amazon has suspended sales of “Dispatches From Bitter America – Culture War Stories from a Gun-Toting, Chicken-Eating, Son-of-a-Baptist,” a book written by Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes.

The book, which examines President Obama’s attacks on religious liberty and the culture, came under intense attack from liberals who posted phony reviews of the book on Amazon. The company declined requests from B&H Publishing Group to remove the fake postings.

Now, Amazon has banned sales of the paperback book. A Kindle version is still available – at least for now.

“While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item,” Amazon wrote in a posting on the book's page.

Amazon did not return multiple calls seeking comment.

“Dispatches From Bitter America” was also banned from a number of bookstores in New York City – because of the conservative content.
Starnes is the host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on more than 200 radio stations around the nation. He’s also a frequent contributor to Fox & Friends and Fox Nation.

His book received widespread acclaim from conservatives like Sarah Palin, Mark Levin and Sean Hannity – who called it a “must read” book for conservatives and Tea Party activists.

“It’s especially relevant because Todd lays out in detail the Obama
Administration’s war on religious liberty,” Palin wrote to her Facebook readers. “Todd sheds light on this and other fundamental transformation acts using homespun humor and Twainesque irony.”

Mark Levin, one of the nation’s most popular talk radio hosts, called the book compelling.

“This book is great,” he said on The Mark Levin Show. “A lot of heavy stuff but on the other hand, you deal with it in a way where you don’t go to the roof and jump off.”

And Hannity praised Starnes “Southern sensibilities mixed with homespun humor to take us along his journey across America.”

Even though the book is banned at Amazon – it is still available at other booksellers – including Barnes & Noble.

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