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What's going on, Amazon?
on 15 January 2015
I confess that this is not a review of the book, which I have read and shall review separately this coming week, but a clarion call of alarm at the fact that the book is apparently no longer available for curious, perhaps, spurious, reasons.
Yesterday (14 Jan 2015) I sent this email to Independent Minds, the publisher, expressing my concern but as yet have heard nothing. Text follows:
My friend recently indicated that he wished to buy Robert Carter's "Climate: The Counter Consensus" and I recommended he buy from Amazon.
When he went to the Amazon.co.uk website the following message was displayed, and is still being displayed:
Item Under Review
This book is currently unavailable because there is an issue with its description, content, or formatting.
We are working with the publisher to fix the issue. As always, we value customer feedback.
Alternative offers from, I imagine, Amazon Marketplace vendors range in price from £31.60 (used) to an astonishing £1,433.35 (new)! I bought my copy from Amazon in 2012 for £6.99
I note, too, that the Independent Minds website is described as being updated so I am not sure whether this is likely to reach you. If I get no acknowledgement I will re-send to the editorial and marketing email addresses.
What can this be? Is Prof Carter under attack, legal or otherwise, for his book? Is Amazon now censoring books? It asks for feedback but in this matter offers no easy way of giving it.
Can you help or advise? I do not wish to give my copy away and my friend will not spend these ludicrous prices on used paperbacks.
BTW Amazon.com does not have the above message but is not offering the book directly. The prices demanded by the vendors are all above $100.
NB Above sent to Stacey International website at 11:20 AM on Wednesday, 14th January. Got message:
Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a01ad'ActiveX component can't create object: 'CDONTS.NewMail'/v1/site/feedbackThanks.asp, line 20
Thank you in anticipation of your reply.
Amazon claims to want feedback but offers no obvious opportunity or mechanism to do so in cases like this. Hence, I am reduced to writing about my concern in this inappropriate place.
Surely reputable science books by reputable authors deserve shelf space. And if not what can Amazon offer us as a complete explanation rather than the garbled and incomplete concern about "issues with its description, content or formatting". In my printed copy the description provided by Amazon is consistent with the book, the formatting is - well, it's a book and I have found no formatting issues. It reads page by page, chapter by chapter and the production values for a paperback are fine.
That leaves content!
Has Amazon become a part of a new age of censorship? There seems to be a lot of it about and many of the one-star reviews wish that the author be not granted a platform - some of them proudly claiming not to have read the book.
I think Amazon owes us, its loyal and regular customers, a full and unqualified explanation for this strange behaviour that I have not seen EVER in any other book it carries.