When you are about to purchase intellectual material (e.g. books, movies, etc.) from , you may want to pause first to reconsider the enormous power you are handing them.

It is vitally important to sustain healthy alternatives, particularly now that Amazon is using their power to censor thought contrary to their approved narrative.

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This book is not censored by Barnes & Noble (or by anyone else not intending to control your access to information).

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@George I very much agree. When a company has quasi-monopoly market power and openly seeks to regulate discourse, it's a threat to freedom. (Note they still sell Mein Kampf and 120 Days of Sodom, so they can't plausibly claim they have some sort of blanket policy against "objectionable" material, whatever that would mean anyways.)

I would also add that people (inc. myself) forget that every eBook is packed with DRM that restricts you to their platform, and that they keep a permanent record of everything you've bought, which could sold off and used to "score" people or discriminate against them in the job market, credit market, etc.

When Amazon started banning books, I made a vow to never buy a book from them again, and I previously had 150 eBooks (all of which I then cracked to be DRM free). I just bought two physical books from Books-A-Million this weekend.

Independent bookstores are the best, but anything but Amazon or Google is better.

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@insightplease @George I think they are one of the few old-style "mall chain" type stores that managed to survive the Amazon onslaught. They are corporate, but so far haven't banned books, and in any case I am just trying to blunt Amazon's market power and would rather have my data disaggregated if I can.

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