I knew that this day would probably come—many others have suffered from censorship—but somehow I hoped it wouldn’t. After all, COVID-19 and the Agendas to Come, Red-Pilled had sold over 3,500 copies for Amazon since publication on August 20.
I had not originally planned to produce a Kindle e-book version of the book. But demand was strong, and people overseas were having trouble getting the paperback due to COVID mail restrictions, so last week I spent four days working very hard with an e-book conversion company. We were just giving it the finishing touches on the evening of October 15, when I got the first unsigned email from Amazon. The message was vague, but indicated that Amazon was temporarily suspending my book over alleged confusion about whether or not I had the right to publish it in certain overseas territories.
Nevertheless, I began following Amazon’s instructions—to resubmit the book while confirming territorial rights.
However, about two hours later, Amazon sent me a second unsigned email. This one indicated that Amazon was completely removing the book from sale—suddenly, it was no longer about rights; now it was about violating “content guidelines.” Screenshot:
I asked Amazon to specify what content guidelines I had violated. Their answer wasn’t enlightening:
We’ve reviewed your book “COVID-19 and the Agendas to Come, Red-Pilled”, and found that it is in violation of our content guidelines and we will not be offering this title for sale on Amazon. We reserve the right to determine whether content provides a poor customer experience and remove that content from sale.
One oddity was that none of the emails were signed. I have five other books on Amazon, and in my past communication experiences, they would usually at least give a first name. But this time I was dealing with persons—or perhaps one person—who was cowering behind anonymity.
I’d like to say some things about the book itself. Two days after publication it ranked as high as #254 of all books on Amazon, and over the course of the last two months, it was often ranked as Amazon’s #1 best-seller in the category of “respiratory diseases.” Screenshot:
Along with over 3,500 Amazon sales, the book had received 50 customer ratings, 92% 5-star, 8% 4-star. No one gave it 1, 2 or 3 stars. So how can Amazon call it a “poor customer experience”? Aren’t their customers supposed to determine that?
I also want to say something about the book’s accuracy. It was written with scrupulous documentation. It has nearly 300 end-notes, and quotes scholars from around the world—virologists, epidemiologists, immunologists, pathologists, microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, including Nobel Prize winners, as well as front-line ER physicians and family practice MDs. There is virtually nothing I say in the book that isn’t documented.
Amazon, by the way, continues to carry other anti-lockdown books—I know of at least five. Why I was singled out is unclear. Amazon initially banned Alex Berenson’s Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns, then reversed its decision after protests were voiced, notably by Elon Musk. Amazon also banned Julio Gonzalez’s book Coronalessons, but reversed itself after intervention by Senator Marco Rubio, an associate of Gonzalez. Unfortunately, I am not a friend of Elon Musk or any U.S. senators. However, the First Amendment was not intended to apply only to the rich and the powerful.
So how am I responding to the censorship? I have contacted a law firm that specializes in First Amendment cases. I don’t know if they will take my case or not, but we’ve seen some success against the lockdowns through the courts—as in Pennsylvania and Michigan recently—and as corrupt as our legal system has become, I think this is still one of the best avenues available. I am also going to bring the facts of my case to the attention of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, which has recently had Amazon under scrutiny. Some of you may also wish to express your sentiments to Amazon; there can be strength in numbers. But I think it would be best if this came from people who have already read the book and therefore can speak with conviction about it.
Duly noted: Jeff Bezos has made billions from the lockdown. It is clear that Bezos—and Amazon itself—profit from the COVID restrictions on brick-and-mortar retail stores. Therefore, by censoring anti-lockdown books, they have a glaring conflict of interest. If you want to see the book restored, let Amazon know. You can email Jeff Bezos at email@example.com.
By the way, since I knew this day of censorship might come, I had a backup printing of my book made, totally separate from Amazon. Individual orders for COVID-19 and the Agendas to Come, Red-Pilled can be placed at https://www.texemarrs.com/, which features the book near the top of their home page (some people say they find it easier to place phone orders with them than online orders), and I offer the book myself in bulk quantities at discount rates. https://jamesperloff.com/bulk-rates-for-covid-19-and-the-agendas-to-come-red-pilled/.
It’s been pointed out to me that Barnes and Noble has my book in stock, but as they were being supplied by Amazon (which has banned it), B & N’s stock will presumably dry up. I have my own supply of the book and am working on developing additional non-Amazon sellers and distributors.
ALSO, SINCE AMAZON’S CENSORSHIP HAS MADE A KINDLE E-BOOK IMPOSSIBLE, I AM MAKING FREE PDF AND EPUB VERSIONS OF THE BOOK AVAILABLE. Click here for details.
October 18 update: Please pardon me if I am slow in responding to emails, as I now have quite a bit of ordering and communications traffic coming in.
One last thing I’ll say as a word of encouragement: censorship often backfires. If you say to people “Don’t read this book,” their instinct is to go and read it.