From my Facebook Writer Page:
I’m reposting this issue here, because it has yet to be resolved —
I’m not making this up. LETHAL CIRCUIT is currently the tenth most downloaded book on Amazon. (We’re running a Free promotion which ends a the end of the day–by all means download it.) The attention has resulted in the abrupt removal of the book from Amazon’s French and German sites.
I have to believe that this is due to the cover art which portrays a swastika. Let me be clear. I do not fetishize Nazis. They’re a historical villain in the story. That’s it. The use of the swastika may or may not be legal in this context, in these jurisdictions, but the result is that anybody who wants the book in these markets can’t have it.
So, I guess the take away is, get new cover art for Germany and France. Oh, and what’s that proverb? The nail that sticks out gets hammered down? If you think censorship in any form is wrong, do me a favor and Like the book on Amazon’s US, UK, Spanish, or Italian sites. [amazon asin=B005HK05OY&text=Lethal Circuit]
Please note: I love Amazon. I think they’ve done more for writers than, well, anyone, ever. They have single handedly shattered the stranglehold on distribution held by Traditional Media. That said, this is an issue I’d like to see resolved and so far my efforts have been for naught.
Also note: I’m aware that it’s technically impossible for a bookstore to ban a book. All they can do is not carry it. However, when you’re talking about a company like Amazon that has won such an enormous part of the market share, the effect is very similar.