Artists of Toledo

Monopolies today and the Toledo artist

Censored, Cancelled & Crushed by Amazon

The picture above depicts the first book burning in America, in 1651 — my 10th great grandfather, William Pynchon, was the victim. He wrote a book that was a critique of the newly formed society of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Calvinism, and he caught hell for it.

Then there is my little book of babies captioned by Tom that Amazon banned last year, no notice to me or the publisher, which is me, and I spent a good part of the year trying to reach them, but Amazon made themselves unreachable. If my book was banned, imagine how many other books are banned, apparently for no reason that they care to or have to give.

Our book had been for sale on Amazon since 2012. I have no idea what is so offensive about it. It’s an innocent little book in the tradition of captioned baby photos, having to do with running for president.

I have 11 books of babies published by the most prestigious publishing houses in the world, but when I ventured into self-publishing, as if Big Tech was there to help me do that — Big Tech censored my creativity and crushed my artistic ambitions.

I’m old enough to remember when we believed that the internet was going to level the playing field. But look what has happened. Individual creative endeavours are routinely steamrolled by Big Tech. Big Tech kills because it can.

Booksigning at the MacCafe, April 2012
Area photographer knows the secret to capturing an infant's elusive smile. The Blade, April 4, 2012
Area photographer knows the secret to capturing an infant’s elusive smile. The Blade, April 4, 2012. The Blade wrote a feature on our book and my photography when it came out. I talk about how inspired I am to make e-books, and books that I can self-publish. What transpired with my book after this enthusiastic and hopeful launch in 2012 has been one of the biggest disappointments of my career. Nothing like getting killed by robots.  Amazon runs it with their special system HOTW (Hands Off The Wheel.)

Baby For President bookmark

A few pages from the “Deluxe Collector’s Edition” available through Blurb for $75 that I created when it was clear to me that I would never be able to get a real response from Amazon. I like to make Blurb books for myself, but they cost a lot to make, so it’s not a practical way to publish a book like Baby For President that sells for $14.95. 
But somehow I manage to keep on keeping on. What else can I do?  William Brewster, my 11th great grandfather, (middle) had to hide in Holland until he came to America on the Mayflower because he published books that the King of England didn’t like. William Pynchon, my 10th great grandfather, (right) was a highly respected scholar whose book, The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption, a critique on Calvinism, was burned at Boston Square in 1651.