Last Sunday, I posted a rather annoyed and probably knee-jerk reaction to this whole Random House business of not publishing The Jewel of Medina for fear of reprisal from Islamic Fundamentalists. I have since refined my position a bit.

I still believe it's big-time trouble to allow religious extremists to threaten publishers/authors with violence whenever something they don't like might be printed. That's not going to change--it's a freedom of speech issue, and it's a freedom of/from religion issue. Beyond that, I'd like to address two points regarding this particular instance.

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Comment by Hessenroots on August 14, 2008 at 11:45am
I won't be going out of my way to avoid Random House or its subsidiaries but many people do seem to share the boycott idea.

Those wishing to do so can find a list of Random Houses publishers and subsidiaries across the globe at the link below.


http://www.randomhouse.biz/ourpublishers/


My book buying dollars are few but when I do find something that I feel the need to have a personal copy of I will get it, though typically used, politics aside. That aside, having compared my limited personal library to the list above, I don't seem to own anything they're attached to. This leads me to believe that there is a slim chance I'll be buying a RH affiliated book anytime in future in the first place.
Comment by Hessenroots on August 14, 2008 at 8:08am
Excellent post. We've had this conversation so I won't waste valuable internets ink blathering on.

Though...

You used 'kerfuffle'...I love 'kerfuffle'!

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