Virtual Book Burning - 1999-09-01
Amazon.com general manager Carl Gish, the executive responsible for what the site sells, denies the company succumbed to church pressure. But he concedes, "We overreacted. It was the wrong decision. Because we don't have the constraints of a physical bookstore, we're held to a higher standard - as we should be."
Less than four months after Atack's book was removed (and hours after the online news media picked up the story), A Piece of Blue Sky was back for sale at Amazon.com. The book's sales immediately skyrocketed, with the title briefly making Amazon.com's top 100 best-sellers list. Now, the University of California Press is considering publishing a new hardcover edition.