We know that social media companies shadow ban, right? So, what is it when a book’s reach is covertly hindered? I’d call it a shadow burn.
BOSTON, MA, February 07, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Consisting of predominantly blank pages, “Our Second Amendment Then and Now” is a satirical take on the constitutionality of America’s gun control laws (historically, currently, and in the future). Released about a month before Christmas, the book saw a significant initial sales spike as a gag gift. The book is currently live and available on Amazon, but author Ryan Vayo says that Amazon made his book unavailable for a period of time and that he would not have known were it not for a buyer who contacted him to let him know. Vayo says that he is unsure of the exact date that the book was made unavailable, but as soon as it was brought to his attention he called and emailed Amazon multiple times regarding the issue. With screenshots of the book simultaneously being “unavailable” to buyers but being categorized as “live” on Vayo’s author login page, the issue was resolved in a couple of days. However, Vayo says that not only did he never receive any notification, but he still has not been told what the cause of this was. He is adamant that this could have been a genuine error but, as he points out, the situation has to make you question the motives behind this: “Amazon is the publisher of my book and we all know that the manufacturing industry is experiencing all sorts of delays and issues in the current climate, so who knows what caused the book to be made unavailable. With no notification and the book still being live on my end, though, the whole situation rubbed me the wrong way. I mean it’s a heck of a coincidence that this would be the book that wound up experiencing a genuine publishing delay in the hands of an openly anti-gun company.”
Ryan is a Massachusetts General Contractor by trade with a passion for politics, the second amendment and writing. The book, self published, is his ode to a strong belief that the second amendment is absolute, but more importantly he hopes it will be a conversation starter and promote healthy discourse. He also hopes to raise a substantial amount of donation money for his favorite gun rights advocacy group (with which he has no affiliation).
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