Responding to customer criticism, Amazon.com today said it will restore a book critical of Scientology to its list of available titles. Amazon spokesman Bill Curry said Amazon removed Jon Atack’s A Piece of Blue Sky from its virtual bookshelves in February after being advised that sales of the book were subject to a cease-and-desist order in the United Kingdom. Curry said the order stemmed from a ruling barring distribution of the book in that country because of defamatory language. Amazon has since reevaluated that policy and will again list the book within the next several days, Curry said. However, he said the company will block sales of A Piece of Blue Sky to customers in the United Kingdom. The work turns a critical eye on the history of the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology critics on the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup were among the first to notice that Amazon was no longer carrying the book. Like many Internet and technology companies, Amazon faces a problem in trying to comply with different laws around the world, according to Rich Gray, an attorney with San Jose firm Bergeson, Eliopoulos, Grady & Gray. Amazon might have been “reacting to an… Read full this story
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