The following essay was posted on BookRix by screen name “elisa1215” on Mar 8th 2012 at 12:11:29. If you will note her first and 18th paragraphs.
As writers and publishers, I think we can’t help but agree with this post.
Censorship vs. gagging.
“My Dad is uploading his work onto smashwords. Mark Coker, the site owner wrote him a message. This was his response, which he asked me to sen to you all:
“Does the date:10,
Mai 1933 mean anything to you?
“It was a day of infamy as far as ‘non-German’ (aryan) literature was concerned.
“One can compare it to the a*****e [sic.] who caused a world-wide outrage when he announced he would burn copies of the Koran.
“We saw the consequences of the incident in Afghanistan when a number of the Holy book of Islam was burned.
“So, these articles that were forever destroyed, were only bits of paper and ink one might say.
“The Bible is written on ink and on paper, what if that were also burnt because of its literary content?
“‘So what?’ Some people will say.
“I say ‘shame’, others though, will cry out ‘Sacrilege’.
“The following was part of the ‘letter’.
“‘Two weeks ago, Paypal threatened to deactivate the account of Smashwords, if Smas
hwords did not immediately stop
selling certain categories of e-books that PayPal found offensive.
“‘This is censorship at its worst.
“‘Smashwords is a site dedicated to promoting new and established authors’ fiction and non-fiction.
“‘Today, I and other authors around the world now feel anger
and frustration, and we fear the day when censorship means your book, our books, our work will be cast into the fire, just because somebody does not agree to the contents.
“‘I fear a future where all books are banned (Fahrenheit 451), followed by all works of art.
“‘If you don’t agree with a book’s contents, then don’t read it.
“‘I once saw carved in stone, these words, “Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear”.
“‘I am all for freedom of speech, after they take that away, what follows?
“‘If you believe in free speech then pass this message on everywhere you can.’
“Paypal is owned by Ebay. “His master’s voice”.
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- Censorship is not my (pay)pal! (gilshalev.com)
- E-Books and Self-Publishing (writeonpublishing.wordpress.com)
- Smashwords and the Evil Paypal Literary Censorship Campaign (atoasttodragons.com)