Saturday, March 3, 2012

Yes, My Books Have Been Banned

Due to PayPal's censorship, my books Alien Embrace (Clans of Kalquor 1) and Alien Rule (Clans of Kalquor 2) have been pulled from All Romance e-Books, Amazon, Fictionwise, and my publisher's site, New Concepts Publishing.

I am saddened by this.  PayPal is nothing more than an intermediary between small businesses and the credit card companies, yet they have taken it upon themselves to decide how you will spend your money.  If you use their service, you are being dictated to as to what purchases are deemed appropriate.

The only way to combat this is for enough people to cancel their PayPal accounts to make this company take notice.  I realize this may not be feasible for everyone and do not ask that any of you make your lives more difficult simply because erotica writers are being unfairly targeted.  But I do hope you realize that this is a small first step towards censorship of issues that may mean something very important to you.  It could be your religion or your political beliefs will someday be found not in step with PayPal's agenda, and therefore next to be censored.  Take note, dear readers.

Alien Embrace and Alien Rule are still available at Barnes & Noble for the moment.

9 comments:

  1. I'm confused, why did amazon pull the books? I didn't think that Amazon used paypal. Plus they are still selling the paperback versions and some of the other titles in the series. And if you look at ereaderIQ listings of kindle releases, tons of "erotica" is released daily at amazon.

    I thought that ARE was going to move your books into "erotic romance" category. And, again, they still have 3 of your books posted for sell.

    Personally I can't bear to wait and so I buy all your books at New Concepts on release day. But, I want you to have a larger fan base, which can't happen if the 3rd party stores aren't selling your stories.

    I really despise censorship. I'll have to look into closing my paypal account on my next day off. No point in having it if I can't use it to buy the books that I want.

    Grrr. This makes me so angry.

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  2. The more I think about this, the angrier I get. What makes books 1 and 2 worse than books 3 and 4 in the eyes of the morality police? Does this mean that eventually most or all of your books will be pulled? This censorship even includes your own publisher's website, not just 3rd party bookstores. Will we have to sneak off to a special website if we want to purchase your books or anyone else's books that "someone" has found "objectional."

    Will stop ranting and try to calm down so that I can go to bed soon and thus get up at the crack of dawn for work tomorrow.

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  3. Sigh... I will buy your books as long as they are available...because I love them! And I will not let Paypal or anyone else tell me what I can or cannot read or buy.

    Just let me know where and when and I will be there to help you and other authors who are being unfairly punished for giving the public what they desire and want.

    I cancelled my PP account and told them why. I hope they wake up and stop this foolishness before it runs away from them.

    Hugs Tracy....I am so sorry that this has happened.

    Tricia

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  4. You know, a good marketing technique might be to offer your first book for free until this situation implodes on PayPal. They can't stop people from reading it, and you may hook a larger fan base-especially if you declare it banned in the eyes of PayPal. Then these new readers will buy the rest of your books when PayPal, and their archaic ideology, is ceremoniously tossed off a cliff.

    I'm so sorry this is happening. It makes me really angry. I closed my PP account too.
    Wendy

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, Tricia, and Wendy for the kind support. I too thought Amazon was exempt from the PayPal nightmare, and the fact the paperback versions of my book are still for sale really confuses me.

      I suppose the most people can do is spread the word about what PayPal is doing and who it's affecting: small businesses. Not to be crass and discuss finances, but those two books made up half of my last quarterly check. That's money that went to medical expenses, food, mortgage, emergency repairs to my home, etc. I'm not eating caviar and sipping champagne here! I'm simply trying to get by on my needed income.

      Wendy, the idea of offering the two books to new readers for free definitely has its merits, but NCP has the rights to them for a period of time. What happens to them is out of my hands. All I can do is hope NCP finds another option for its affected authors or that PayPal stops playing Big Brother.

      Thanks again for the support. You have no idea how much it helps. I hope you got some sleep, Elizabeth! Much love to you all.

      Tracy

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  5. Are you sure it is a censorship issue? It could be the recent pulling of Independent Publishers Group books by Amazon, because the two could not come to an agreement. Perhaps your publisher belongs to IPG.

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    1. That's a thought Maggie, but wouldn't that have included my entire list? As it stands now, it's only the two that have been targeted on other sites.

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  6. I am so infuriated by this entire thing that it makes my head spin. I've been following and blogging about it since the moment it came out. I know Smashwords has sent out a call-to-arms, so to speak, by giving links where people can write to the credit card companies. A couple other bloggers have posted it, here's one: http://sarayork.blogspot.com/2012/03/paypal-update-and-censorship-what-can.html?zx=dae810b6109c9a72
    I also rely on my writing to help pay my bills, and I have no idea when or if my books will be banned - but it's possible - as my publisher does use Paypal as a payment option. Very scary. And as you said - today it's erotica authors, tomorrow horror, then religion, then politics and on and on untilwe are all controlled by the thought police.
    Is there a way for me to purchase your first 2 books, on your own website perhaps? I would be happy to support any author who has had their book unjustly banned.

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    1. Hi Morticia,

      Thanks for sharing the info you have as well as the good wishes. It is an awful situation for those of us who have been targeted. The public's ability to choose totally legal options for their reading is being infringed upon by arbitrary choices made by PayPal (and some would add the credit card companies to that).

      As for my own work, at this time Alien Embrace is still available as an e-book via Barnes & Noble's Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords. The only place I can find Alien Rule now is Nook. Amazon and Barnes & Noble are still carrying them in paperback, but that is a much more expensive option (about twice the price of the ebooks). With my books under contract, I can't offer them myself.

      Thanks again for the kind words. I hope with all my heart you remain unaffected by this censorship.

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