No, it helps.
Because of the strange distortions of copyright protection, there are twice as many newly published books available on Amazon from 1850 as there are from 1950.
This is super exciting, interesting preliminary data, I think. I had one of my students write a computer program that would crawl through Amazon.com and pull 2,500 fiction titles at random. … The findings are absolutely fascinating.
We broke these out by decade. … You would expect that if you can crawl through Amazon looking at only new books and only books sold by Amazon — so these are not used books, these are not sold by Amazon associates, this is what’s in Amazon’s warehouses — of course, the biggest number of books is from the decade 2000-2010. That’s what you’d expect; they’re more recent, more popular. Drops off really quickly for books in the 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, ’60, 1950, 1940, 1930 — here’s the point in time where books start falling in the public domain. Suddenly it goes up and up and up. There’s as many books [that] Amazon is selling brand new right now from the 1900s to 1910 as from the 2000s to 2010. You go all the way back to 1850 — there’s twice as many books from the 1850s being sold on Amazon right now as the 1950s. So this sort of confirms the notion that there’s some sort of positive public-domain effect …
CENSORSHIP SEEMS TO BE ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS. BUT FOR AMAZON TO CENSOR AN IDEA SEEMS VERY OVER THE TOP.
SO MY GODDESS ANNE RICE POSTED THIS ON AN AMAZON DISCUSSION BOARD. AND IT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN…
…. the God I believe in is the maker of this vast universe.
He must be that or He is not God.
He must be The One who has made the quasars and the black holes,
the galaxies, the Big Bang, DNA, neutrinos et al.
And the religions of this world routinely insult Him.
They seek to demean Him, to preserve ancient narrow ideas of Him.
To project on Him hideous ideologies.
I think the first step to God…..
for me anyway….
The second step is Gratitude or recognition.
The third is to refrain from embracing any religion or ideology that
cheapens the concept of Him, makes Him sound like a menace or a fool.
And fourth step is refrain from anything “in His name” that would hurt
human beings, diminish them, or decrease their life or happiness.
AND IT WAS REMOVED. ANNE RESPONDED TO THE ‘PEOPLE ON HER COOL FACEBOOK PAGE’ WITH THIS….
The statement of belief I just posted was originally posted by me in an Amazon Forum discussion thread. Amazon deleted my post. It wiped it out. This was in the Christianity threads. Christians post in these threads all the time about unbelievers going to Hell, about homosexuality being a sin, and their posts are not deleted. But that post of mine was deleted. Makes you wonder who is running the Amazon Discussion Threads. I’m a fan of Amazon, an admirer. I am shocked.
EASY ANSWER. BOYCOTT AMAZON PEOPLE.
UPDATE – REMOVED BY MISTAKE? JUST POSTED BY ANNE.
Earlier I reported here that Amazon.com had removed a post I made in a discussion forum there on my belief in God. I was concerned that the post was deleted. I shared the post here and my concern. Well, Amazon has now restored the post. One poster in the forum was told that the post was taken down in error. It has been restored. I am profoundly grateful that things worked out this way. I thank Amazon publicly for this. And I thank you for your many many comments.
AND THE ALWAYS CLASSY MS RICE JUST POSTED THIS ON HER EXCELLENT FACEBOOK PAGE………
Anne Rice Steve, I thank you for your support. They have restored the post, telling one Amazon poster that it was a mistake. It was a rather chilling experience, really, but it has ended well for me since they did put the post back. Again, I thank you for your support.
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Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991, and the highest sales week since 2005.
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