According to BoingBoing and Techcrunch, Amazon has supposedly removed a personal memoir because the author reflects on his childhood and references Star Wars. The author reported that Amazon pulled the book because the obvious trademark issues.
Kindle Direct Publishing informed me today–Christmas Day–that they have removed my self-published book, A Long Time Ago: Growing up with and out of Star Wars, from the Kindle store because it “contains references to the trademarked term, “Star Wars”.
Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Well, no.
I checked and this book is still listed in the Kindle Store (here).
I don’t know if someone at Amazon reversed the decision or if the author simply made up the story. Perhaps the ebook is only missing from the Canadian Kindle Store, possibly due to differences in their trademark laws. It’s also possible that someone at Amazon saw the early reporting, looked into the matter, and reversed the removal.
Update: It seems the ebook may have been removed and then restored. Jason Boog of Galleycat covered this story and his post implies that he looked at the listing before publishing his post earlier today. If he didn’t see the ebook then it probably wasn’t there.
All I know is that there is no story here.