Just a quick update to my previous post. It appears Amazon has removed the how-to book that was the topic of much conversation and outrage. While I’m glad this particular e-book is no longer easily available from a major outlet, I’m hoping Amazon removed it after finding it violated one or more of their terms of service and not just because a lot of folks were outraged by it.
There is still a lot of talk about this e-book and whether or not Amazon should have initially accepted it into the DTP program. As I said earlier, I’m torn. If this book does what is reported, I’d prefer it never to have seen the light of day. Still, where is the line drawn if Amazon — or any other “store” that makes it possible for independent authors and small publishers — were to suddenly start deciding it won’t make available books that X-number of customers complain about.
So, here’s hoping there was a legal reason for taking the book down and may the discussion of the book by title — which only brings it more attention than it ever would have had — dies down soon.