IT DEPENDS. I SUPPOSE, ON WHO’S DOING THE BANNING

A message from Mitch Muncy, the editor of Dallas-based Spence Publishing, which publishes works of the conservation persuasion:

I’ve been doing radio interviews during the last week on “Banned Books Week,” the annual “celebration” of free speech sponsored by the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. You will probably not be surprised to learn that my opinion of BBW is rather low.

Today, thanks to Technorati, the blog search service, I came across the following reaction to my comments. It is without a doubt the most evocative thing anyone has ever said about Spence Publishing.

“…his books s— and no one wants to read them . . . libraries and bookstores avoid them like steaming heaps of tainted dog feces.”

This will be very bad news for those of you who are or will soon be Spence Publishing authors, but you will be consoled to know that Spence has a very strong direct sales program.

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