I don’t normally talk about this issue, but today I’m taking a moment to discuss the price of freedom of speech and some of the dilemmas it can pose to those that support it. You see your right to express yourself, your thoughts, opinions without fear is a fundamental right here in the USA. To support this you must accept the good with the bad, every positive with every negative, you cannot compromise or contradict once you accept this ideal. It doesn’t mean there isn’t dilemmas that cause you to question this.
Why this post then? Recently Smashwords, an eBook publishing service I use to distribute my books out onto the Kobo, Sony eReader, itunes, eDeisel and makes them available in multiple formats, was forced by its payment gateway Paypal to actively censor some of the books in its market place… Specifically a number of adult erotica titles that contain certain references. I’ll let Mark Coker, owner of Smashwords explain in his own words in the press release he made about this after the jump. Continue reading