Sunday, May 28, 2006

Boycott Chapters/Indigo Bookstores

Canada's largest book retail chain has banned this month's issue of Harper's Magazine from its outlets and subsidiaries. Good for the Canadian book-buying public: now people know certainly that Chapters/Indigo sucks big-time.

Thanks to True Peers and Jane for the leads and copy.

Harper's pulled over cartoon worries
Sun, May 28, 2006

TORONTO -- Canada's largest retail bookseller has removed all copies of the June issue of Harper's Magazine from its 260 stores, saying an article by New York cartoonist Art Spiegelman could foment protests similar to those that occurred this year in reaction to the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Indigo Books and Music took the action this week when its executives noticed the 10-page Harper's article, titled Drawing Blood, reproduced all 12 cartoons first published last September by Jyllands-Posten.


In a memo e-mailed to Indigo managers Friday about "what to do if customers question Indigo's censorship" of Harper's, employees were told to say "the decision was made based on the fact that the content about to be published has been known to ignite demonstrations around the world. Indigo and its subsidiaries -- Chapters and Coles -- will not carry this particular issue of the magazine, but will continue to carry other issues of this publication in the future."

Indigo normally carries as many as 3,000 copies each month of Harper's, about 11 per cent of the New York magazine's total retail distribution in Canada, according to a Harper's circulations manager.

When a book by a conservative isn't given shelf-space at Indigo/Chapters a writer at Western Standard asks:

"Is it merely a coincidence that Chapters-Indigo is owned and headed by Liberal Party fundraisers and stalwarts Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman?"

In response to the article above a commentator writes:

Guys, it's not a question of political bias on Reisman's part. It's her lazy, privileged Eastern attitude towards business. She has a virtual monopoly over the 'bricks and mortar' book selling market. She doesn't have to compete with Border or Barnes and Noble on home turf. In the online market, she's getting massacred because Amazon rules supreme there with excellent service and prices. I could not ask Jeff Bezos to do more, but I know he will anyway. As for Reisman - heh, don't make me laugh. I will never waste my hard earned money on the likes of her ever again. McNally-Robinson or Amazon for me guys.

The article also contains five cartoons, including one by Mr. Spiegelman and two by Israelis, "inspired" by an Iranian newspaper's call in February for an international Holocaust cartoon contest "to test the limits of Western tolerance of free speech."

Spiegelman — perhaps best known as the creator of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Holocaust cartoon Maus — rates each of the 12 Mohammed cartoons on a scale of 1 to 4 "fatwa bombs," and also includes several scabrous cartoons from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Indigo pulls controversial Harper's off the shelves Globe and Mail


Canadian Sentinel has these links posted: 3d

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Maybe we'll get very lucky and find out that the executives of Chapters have issued a bounty on Spiegleman and Harper's staff. Not a fatwah, just an inter-office memo suggesting to the folks in the mail-room that a promotion is available if one of them ships off a letter bomb to those who would dare offend the high and mighty dhimmis who know what's better for the proles.


truepeers said...

Well, I guess the nieces and nephews are going to be reading less, because I don't know how to choose kids' books online and the independent retailers hereabouts are so few and adult-oriented.

As Charles said at CZ, we can criticize Heather for her cowardness, but in a way she has usefully shown what she really thinks about Muslims: not respect, but duck and cover. Maybe we have to live through the baby boomers' cold war neuroses before we can emerge free again.

I'm kind of glad it was that leftist, anti-American rag, Harper's. Maybe a few more moonbats will sober up over this now that even their LIberal party friends are doing to their speech what they can only mindlessly accuse the VRWC of doing.

John Sobieski said...

I would never buy from Chapters/Indigo ever. It's only fair.

Always On Watch said...

Another sign of dhimmitude. Or of cowardice. ARRGGHHH!

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Anonymous said...

As of Summer 2007 Chapters Indigo apparently has stopped carrying New Yorker Magazine. I asked them to email me regarding this, to verify and explain. They never responded.

I think their attitude stems from from what I belive to be their monopolistic control over Canadian books. Heather Whoever is said to be a billionaire. I believe it is a monopoly that the Canadian government should step in to break them up as they began to do with microsoft.

dag said...

We in Vancouver, Canada were willing to go into the streets to defend Chapters Books from a boycott organized and supported by the Wilderness Committee, (of all people!) who were protesting Chapters for supporting Israel. What a twisted world this can be. Save the trees. Destroy Israel. We thought that to be wrong o the face of it and were readying ourselves to counter the Death Hippies. But then we had a meeting with Howard Rotberg, author who was demonize by the very bookstore chain we were attempting to defend against anti-semites and fascists. There's just no end to the craziness.

For details, please search "Howard Rotberg" to get the story of his book being banned from Chapters. I have no answers, and at this time not even an opinion. I'm staggered by the duplicities of the Left.