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Censorship: How Do You Burn an Ebook?

I thought the practice of book burning was in the past. Apparently not.

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!

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Lindsay Millett February 29, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I can't believe that! Determining what can and cannot be read based on content when mind-dumbing and sensitivity-dulling images can be seen on every screen in homes or theatres? Now THAT'S offensive.
Murray Jr February 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
In PayPals defense, they have to tread lightly. If big resellers decide that they are associated with porn they won't allow the paypal option for checkouts. Google Checkout is lurking in the background waiting for an opening like that.
Lynn Hubbard February 29, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Like everything in life, it's all about the money. Credit Card companies charge higher merchant rates for x-rated material. The fact that they are deciding what is porn and what is not, is disturbing. Here is a follow up letter from Smashwords. BTW, this is affecting many online book stores, not just sw. http://www.smashwords.com/press/release/28
Kennesaw Taylor March 01, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Brick and mortar bookstores are now pulling Indi books from their shelves to avoid the controversy. I'm pretty sure this makes the traditional publishers very happy. I imagine we will find them lurking somewhere in the wings controlling the strings of this entire movement.
Lynn Hubbard March 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Yay! Paypal rescinded their new regulations. Power to the people! Read the full notification below. https://www.smashwords.com/press/release/32

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