I thought the practice of book burning was in the past. Apparently not. I was quite disturbed after receiving an email from an ebook distributing company, Smashwords. Smashwords.com offers ebooks in all genre’s and for all ebook formats. A one stop shop.
I have been selling ebooks on Smashwords for years and have been quite happy with their service. Some of my books are steamy, so I list them as such. Hence the email.
The bulk email (which you can read in its entirety by clicking here) states that Paypal was opposed to some of the content, in some of the hundreds of thousands of books on Smashwords. With Paypal threatening to cancel Smashwords entire PayPal account, they had no choice other than to request the offensive books be removed.
My books are not in those categories, however: where does it stop? Why should PayPal say which books you can read? Shouldn’t it be up to the reader to decide?
Books like these have been on the market for years, so why now? Has Paypal grown a conscious? Are they tired of people buying the books and then claiming fraud? Is it a Government conspiracy?
We may never know, but it is a sad day for everyone, when freedoms are lost.
If PayPal is deciding what is right and wrong, then may God help us all!