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Re: Amazon.com
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0947  Wednesday, 3 May 2000.

[1]     From:   Steven Marx <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 02 May 2000 07:27:58 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0941 Re: Amazon.com

[2]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 May 2000 17:08:40 +0100
        Subj:   Re: Amazon.com and censorship

[3]     From:   Florence Amit <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 03 May 2000 00:44:41 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0941 Re: Amazon.com


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From:           Steven Marx <
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Date:           Tuesday, 02 May 2000 07:27:58 -0700
Subject: 11.0941 Re: Amazon.com
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0941 Re: Amazon.com

One more amazon.com story.  I ordered "Midrash and Literature" edited by
Geoffrey Hartman, was told it was out of print, and two years later got
a message that they located it. I was able to buy a good used copy from
them at a reasonable price.

Steven Marx

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 May 2000 17:08:40 +0100
Subject:        Re: Amazon.com and censorship

Tanya Gough writes

>I seriously doubt the issue is one of censorship. Amazon is not
>interested in, nor would there be any financial incentive for
>censoring itself on the basis of a few customers' letters.

Some people's letters seem more effective than others. Amazon has a
branch in the United Kingdom at www.amazon.co.uk which won't sell the
following book:

Sean McPhilemy _The Committee: Political Assassination in Northern
Ireland_ (Roberts Rinehard, 1998)

because "We have been put on notice that this book contains defamatory
allegations" about Liam Clarke, Trevor Forbes, Barrie Penrose, and David
Trimble. (The last of those is First Minister of the Northern Ireland
assembly and the voice of moderate Unionism). The primary allegation is
that they assassinated their political enemies. The US branch of
Amazon.com refused to ship a copy of this book to my UK mailing address
for the same reason.

The Times of London printed an article claiming that McPhilemy's
television documentary called "The Committee", his primary research for
the book, was a hoax based on untruths. David Trimble, and 18 others of
those McPhilemy claimed were on the death-squad committee which chose
who was to be murdered, gave evidence to aid The Times in its defence of
a libel action brought by McPhilemy. In March this year the court
ordered The Times to pay McPhilemy 145,000 sterling (about $225,000)
compensation for their article, deciding that the documentary and the
book were substantially true.

Amazon still won't sell the original book or its recent paperback
edition which contains new material on the British state's involvement
in the murder of lawyer Rosemary Nelson.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Florence Amit <
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Date:           Wednesday, 03 May 2000 00:44:41 +0000
Subject: 11.0941 Re: Amazon.com
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0941 Re: Amazon.com

Thanks everyone.

The Canadian address looks promising and I will try it. I have used the
usual ordering technique time and again. It has been received, Dave,
and then after two weeks canceled. Now Tanya pictures how that works -
(or does not work) I have also tried those other agencies who do not
list it.

Concerning the "Protocols" I was asked to do something as a gesture. But
I did not know what to do, since I agree, books have to be available to
scholars. Although such a book is more often used for dark purposes. So,
maybe unwisely I combined the two gripes. I suppose, as suggested, I
should have viewed what was said by Amazon first. Not that that prevents
its distribution. I still do not know what a person should say or do
about something like that.

Florence
 

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