Amazon pulls ANOTHER book of Covid-19 dissident Berenson – and turns his title into a bestseller
NY Times journalist-turned-Covid-19 skeptic Alex Berenson briefly had his latest anti-lockdown book pulled from Amazon along with its electronic version. By the time it returned, it was a top-10 bestseller on Apple Books.
First the paperback and then the electronic edition of 'Unreported Truths about Covid-19 and Lockdowns – Part 3: Masks' were removed from Amazon on Tuesday, Berenson revealed in a series of tweets that same day.
The book attempts to debunk the hypothesis, favored by most governments but apparently lacking convincing scientific proof, that wearing even non-medical masks stops the spread of Covid-19.Also on rt.com ‘What happened to academic freedom?’ Scientist fumes as Facebook flags Covid-19 study questioning mask effectiveness as ‘false’
However, Berenson had made a point of posting the new book on Barnes & Noble and Apple Books. His tweets about Amazon censorship apparently sent followers into the arms of Apple Books, where the title proceeded to soar to number nine within a few hours.
And this is what it looks like when censorship fails: three hours after @apple started selling it, Unreported Truths cracked the top 10 on the @applebooks chart (Hi Barack!).Thank you to everyone who’s standing up to @amazon. pic.twitter.com/L5PWfgcXOG— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) November 25, 2020
Nevertheless frustrated over Amazon’s censorship, Berenson pointed out that he had discussed the coming release of the third installment in his Covid-19 booklet series with Amazon Kindle personnel in an effort to avoid the supposedly automated deplatforming he’d experienced with the first book in the series.
'Unreported Truths about Covid-19 and Lockdowns - Part 1: Introduction and Death Counts and Estimates' was briefly banned in June before a massive backlash against the move, spearheaded by Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, successfully convinced the tech giant to change its mind.
In addition to spuriously deleting Berenson’s book, Amazon hosted “several fakes” of the manuscript, the writer claimed, complaining the e-tailer “refused to pull them despite my repeated requests.”
However, Berenson’s complaints not only convinced Amazon to bring his book back online – they drove the e-book to number one in the epidemiology section.
Hey, if I have the #1 best seller in epidemiology, am I the #1 epidemiologist? pic.twitter.com/davgANzDFG— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) November 25, 2020
Berenson is far from the only Covid-19 skeptic to be mysteriously deplatformed from Amazon. Writer James Perloff was disturbed to find his book 'Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red Pilled' banned last month, echoing Berenson’s concerns about the absence of a concrete explanation for the sentence. Both writers protested that all their information was thoroughly researched and footnoted.Also on rt.com ‘We are in a truly Orwellian culture’: Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic’s book for ominously vague ’content violations’
Fortunately for would-be corona-skeptic authors, it seems Amazon banning a book is the best free marketing campaign money can’t buy. Perloff reportedly sold more copies of his book independent of Amazon than he had in partnership with the platform, and gained an even wider readership when he offered to make the e-book edition available for free. This phenomenon, in which censorship backfires and increases the attention paid to an item, is known as the ‘Streisand Effect’ – and now Berenson is enjoying its fruits once again.
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