I wrote a very important book Motion for Justice: I Rest My Case, where I exposed governmental and judicial corruption and I am seeing that Amazon is involved in a very unsavory effort to confuse people about the paperback version my book which effectively has an adverse impact on book sales. My book originally came out in hardback and not long ago I had my book published in paperback so that it could be more affordable to people. And Amazon is now involved in playing games with the paperback version of my book which is causing a great deal of confusion to people about my book. Amazon is treading on some very dangerous water with what it is doing.
On March 26, 2022, I was at a major book event in South Bend, Indiana with my book where I passed out fliers about my book and talked about my book and its availability on Amazon. When I got home that evening from the book event I received a message alerting me that the paperback version of my book was completely removed from the Amazon page of my book. And then not long afterward, Amazon placed the image of another book Cages or Wings, by another author, on my book’s Amazon page. https://www.amazon.com/Motion-Justice-Rest-My-Case/dp/1662473427. I reported all of this to my publisher, Page Publishing, and my publisher told me that it has been in contact with Amazon and that Amazon was to correct the problem. I also submitted a complaint against Amazon with the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Washington as Amazon’s corporate office is located in Seattle, Washington. On April 28, 2022, I received an email message from a “Ramon” from Amazon informing me that Amazon will not be removing the other book cover image from my book’s Amazon page and that my book's cover image will not be reinstated back on the page.
I have served Amazon with a “cease and desist” letter informing Amazon that it has no right to remove the image of my book's cover from my book’s Amazon page, and that it has no right to replace the image of my book's cover with the image of another book's cover, and that such wrongful and unlawful conduct on the part of Amazon is a flagrant violation of my intellectual property rights as to my book. I made it very clear that it was imperative that Amazon must remove the cover image of the book Cages or Wings and reinstate the cover image of my book Motion for Justice: I Rest My Case back onto my book’s Amazon page forthwith. I also informed Amazon that should it continue to maintain the cover image of the other book, Cages or Wings, in the place of my book, Motion for Justice: I Rest My Case, that I will exercise my right to file an appropriate legal cause of action against Amazon for its wrongful and unlawful actions in this matter, and that I will seek appropriate compensatory and punitive damages for Amazon's wrongful conduct. I informed Amazon that it must cease and desist continuing to publish the cover image of the book Cages or Wings and that it must forthwith reinstate the cover image of my book Motion for Justice: I Rest My Case by the end of the business day on Friday, April 29, 2022, or an appropriate lawsuit would be filed against Amazon for compensatory and punitive damages. I also emailed Jeff Bezos and served notice to him and gave him an opportunity as CEO of Amazon to exert his authority and take action to correct the matter. But Bezos and Amazon failed to take heed to my warning as Amazon continues to show the cover image of the other book on my book’s Amazon page. The line has now been drawn in the sand and I will have to take legal action against Amazon since it has chosen to continue to play this dangerous game with my book with its reckless and willfully bad behavior. Amazon knows it is publishing incorrect material on my book's Amazon page and chooses to keep the incorrect material on my book's Amazon page, and this it cannot and should not be able to do.
I am very concerned with Amazon’s illicit behavior here. There is already enough illicit behavior going on by corrupt politicians in the country such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott who are hell bent on banning certain books containing certain social justice issues from classrooms. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-rejects-54-math-books-saying-contain-critical-race-theory-rcna24842, https://pen.org/press-release/texas-governor-invokes-pornography-to-ban-books-threaten-criminal-action-against-librarians-and-teachers/. What Amazon is doing here is simply utilizing a back door way of censoring my book by its tactic of confusing people by its illicit action of showing the cover image of another book instead of my book —which Amazon could easily correct— but chooses not to in favor of its quasi censorship action. And for that, Amazon must be held accountable.
We should keep a close eye on what Amazon is doing here, because anybody and everybody who opposes censorship in this country has a stake in this. In the 1930’s Nazi book burnings were commonplace. The books targeted for burning were those viewed as being subversive or as representing ideologies opposed to Nazism. The books included many authors including Albert Einstein and Helen Keller, writers in French and English, and effectively any book that was not ardent in its support of Nazism. In a campaign of cultural genocide, books were burned by the Nazis en masse in occupied territories. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_book_burnings. And now in the 2020’s we have Amazon who utilizes a censorship tactic of removing a book’s true information and replaces the true information with false information by showing a different book under the guise of marketing that is actually fraudulently based by way of Amazon's intentional publication of false information. This makes Bezos and Amazon no better than the Nazis who back in the day promoted the cultural genocide of certain books.
Presumably Bezos is a smart businessman, but he isn’t being very smart in continuing to allow Amazon to be messing with my book. Bezos is known for his infatuation with the exploration of outer space, and in 2021 he actually went to space on a supersonic joy ride aboard a rocket and capsule system developed by his space company, Blue Origin. Bezos might give some thought about postponing his next excursion into outer space and start focusing in on what his company is involved with in messing with my book.
“The pen is mightier than the sword”
~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton
In my book —the very book that Bezos’ Amazon is messing with— I wrote about how I beat a team of corporation lawyers in a federal civil rights trial in March 2016 when I convinced a federal jury that a public school corporation in Indiana violated my due process rights in a five day jury trial where I represented myself without a lawyer. https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-hanover-school-lawsuit-st-0330-20160329-story.html. Perhaps it would behoove Bezos to read the book that his company, Amazon, is messing with —and then they might think twice about what they have been doing and continue to do here. If Bezos would read my book, he would read about how I singlehandedly without a lawyer basically ran the public school corporation’s lead lawyer, Marsha Bugalla, out of private practice by beating her and her compadres at the federal trial. Since Bezos apparently is fine with Amazon messing with my book, it appears imminent that I am going to have to take Bezos and Amazon into a trial. I fully realize that Bezos is the world’s richest man and that Amazon will have a boatload of lawyers and unlimited resources at its disposal, but that doesn’t matter to me, what matters to me is that Bezos and Amazon should not be messing with my book, and for that, Bezos and Amazon must be held accountable —and I will hold them accountable.
We all know how David slew Goliath who was much more powerful than David, but David had the ultimate weapon to get the job done —a slingshot and a stone. And David took down Goliath. And while Bezos and Amazon are obviously wealthy and powerful, and I am simply just a regular person of simple means, I do have something that neither Bezos or Amazon has, I have integrity and a strong will and fortitude to fight for what is right and against what is wrong. So since the Goliath Bezos and Amazon insist on messing with my book —they must be taken down just as David took down Goliath. And when I take them down, and I will take them down, Bezos will be so embarrassed that he may well hop aboard another rocket and take another trip into outer space and stay there for a while until the egg on his face has completely evaporated.