Yesterday I submitted a book file to Amazon.com subsidiary CreateSpace for printing.
In the past, I've complained that CreateSpace is a tough nanny, because with a previous.book, the company demanded that I show proof that I had permission to use every photograph in the book. I’ve never encountered this, or heard of this, with other publishers or printers, and it delayed publication of that book.
This time the book examiners went way beyond mere paranoia about lawsuits for copyright violation.
This time they want to censor what I wrote.
The book is titled, The Brainy Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing. As would be expected, it mentions Amazon.com (approximately 99% positive.)
I got this scary response:
"The interior file submitted for this title contains text referencing Amazon.com. Please remove all text and/or logos which reference Amazon.com."
Years ago, the USSR forbade published criticism of the Communist Party, but I am shocked to find that an American printer/publisher/bookseller wants to censor a writer.
I'll have the book printed by Lightning Source, instead. It will cost me a little more upfront, but I'll probably make more money, and I won't have a reincarnation of the KGB peering over my shoulder as I type.
Interestingly, CreateSpace had absolutely no objection to printing and distributing a previous book I wrote that was critical of its competitor, Outskirts Press. That book mentions Amazon.com many times. Many other books printed and/or published by CreateSpace also mention Amazon.com -- even in their titles.