A few links about where the place where writing, publishing and selling controversial books intersects…
- In a post about Chapters deciding to not stock Mein Kampf during FTRW 2007 (part of a larger post that’s worth re-reading this week, he says humbly), I stated that although I wished bookstores would operate to a higher standard than other retailers, ultimately, they were private businesses that had the right to stock (or not stock) items as as they saw fit. I still feel that way but also think that the dynamic gets much more complex in the age of the e-book when people who buy an electronic copy of a controversial book (in this case incest fantasy fiction) can have it go poof! and disappear from their Kindles, even as other similar titles are disappearing from the Amazon database!
- A profile of America’s most dangerous publisher, Feral House, who were hard at work on the Unabomber’s new book at the time I bookmarked this story. I’m happy to report that coincidentally, I have one of their books on my shelf at home right now, courtesy of the good folks at RPL. (I’m not going to tell you which one – but you may hear more about it in a year or so!)
- “What is the most disturbing book you’ve ever read? Here I’ll start…” The one cited by the person who posed the question sounds horrifying. (AskReddit)
- The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books (HuffPo)