James Leroy Wilson's blog

Sunday, May 08, 2005

But doesn't sex sell?

A novel with a libertarian message but with some sexual content, Vin Suprynowicz's The Black Arrow,
will not be carried by Laissez Faire Books for that reason. No one's yelling "Censorship!" but there is a lot of "What are you thinking?" and "Disappointing!" and "What is LFB's mission?" It seems to me that Kathleen Hiserodt at LFB simply didn't like the book. If that's the case, then it is somewhat admirable that she doesn't want to sell something she wouldn't personally recommend.

But I would think that a libertarian bookseller would carry in stock the works of all of the day's leading libertarian writers, of which Suprynowicz is certainly one. It's called serving customer needs and expectations. Stores don't just sell what the owner/manager thinks is best, but also that which the customer most wants.

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