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Today’s blacklisted American: Amazon blacklists book because it says something someone at Amazon doesn’t like

Book banned by Amazon
Banned by bookseller Amazon.

The modern dark age: Amazon has without explanation removed a book about Islam, The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology and written by ex-Muslim Ibn Warraq, essentially blacklisting it from sale.

A search at Amazon confirms this fact. The book is no longer available there.

The publisher, New English Review, said this in its press release:

Amazon’s banning of the Warraq book follows on the heels of their earlier banning of another NER Press title, “Easy Meat: Inside Britain’s Grooming Gang Scandal” by Peter McLoughlin, which chronicles the actions, or rather the inaction, of the police, social services, justice system and government in the face of the widespread phenomenon of very young British girls being groomed and then pimped out and held in virtual sex slavery by gangs of grown men.

…As usual, no specific reason has been given for this latest book’s removal. NER Press appealed and that appeal was denied within two hours. “The Islam in Islamic Terrorism” had been on sale since May of 2017 and “Easy Meat” since March of 2016. Both had over 85% five-star ratings and both sold well. Mr. Warraq is the author of 17 books and “The Islam in Islamic Terrorism” was also translated into Korean.

Nor are these two books the only books Amazon has banned. In February 2021 it banned When Harry Became Sally: Responding To The Transgender Moment, apparently because that book had the nerve to strongly criticize the queer movement.

All the books that have been banned are books that the left does not like, two because they opposed the gay agenda, and the third because it dared outline the terrorist roots in Islam. As Robert Spencer notes in his own column about this banning:

Leftists will say, as they always say to criticism of the social media giants, that Amazon is a private company that can do what it wants and that if patriots don’t like it, they can start their own bookstore.

Remember bookstores? There used to be many in every American city. They all had different selections, based on the owners’ perspectives and interests. But now they are almost all gone. Amazon dominates the book market, and Barnes & Noble takes most of the rest. If Amazon decides that your book is not acceptable, then most people who are interested in books will never have the opportunity to see it at all.

As an author myself, I can tell you without any qualification that if Amazon bans a book, it essentially removes the book from the public eye. This is an unhealthy situation, but it presently is the reality. It is why in my ads for my books on my webpage I always encourage buyers to buy directly from my publisher, ebookit. Direct purchases not only reduce Amazon’s monopoly, those sales strengthen ebookit, thus encouraging competition.

In fact, as a general rule, if you find a book on Amazon that you are interested in buying, you should always do a web search for its publisher. I guarantee that publisher will have a webpage where you can buy the book direct. Do so. Help independent publishers and weaken the totalitarian censors at Amazon.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!

 

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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10 comments

  • Alton

    Note Amazon is on the way to dropping off the One Trillion Dollars Company list by close of business Today!

    Facebook has dropped $750 Billion….

    NICE …..

  • John

    I feel it is my duty to read this book now.

  • Phill O

    You have that right John!

  • Two choices:
    – Buy independent of Amazon – there are other sources for books, including the publishing companies.
    – Borrow the book from your local public library. If they don’t have it already, suggest it – many libraries will purchase by request. The author will still receive the benefit of the purchase.

    Also, when I recommend books in the future, I will definitely link to the publisher’s site.

  • Linda:
    All of the gatekeepers in the mainstream publishing would never publish books like those Amazon dropped. The distributors aren’t going to distribute them either. Libraries are far left these days and won’t purchase them either. Small presses are just that, they have small markets and poor distribution. If you can’t get published (always been hard), no distribution, no availability…authors starve.

    Gina Marie

  • mhw

    you can buy ‘The Islam in Islamic Terrorism’ fairly easy. Ebay. Abe Books. Lots of places.

  • LockeMeUp

    Available at Walmart! The Islam in Islamic Terrorism : The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology

    Not my favorite place but maybe reward them for making it available.

  • Ibn Warraq’s The Islam in Islamic Terrorism is not available at Abebooks.com (“ABE” = “Advanced Book Exchange,” which originally a consortium of independent booksellers, is now owned by Amazon). A number of Ibn Warraq’s other books are there, though. I see, for instance, that he also wrote a book with the title: The West is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy, $7.23 used but in very good condition.

  • GWB

    Amazon has become a de facto monopoly* – especially when it comes to e-books. And that is always bad for an industry.
    (* Or near as makes no nevermind.)

    So, while the book hasn’t actually been banned anywhere but Amazon, that makes it a de facto ban on the book, in general.

  • GWB

    Ooooh, from one Dr Rich Swier’s blog:
    Ibn Warraq’s The Islam in Islamic Terrorism, after being banned at Amazon, has zoomed to #73 on Barnes and Noble’s charts. That’s out of all the books there are, kids.

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

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