PayPal Targets Electronic Publishers and Authors
Writer Wishes To Remain Anonymous
PayPal has been freezing the merchant accounts of Electronic Publishers, Authors and Book Distributors that sell erotica, erotic romance, romance and erotic SF/F e-books.
Their supposed reason is that these businesses and individuals have violated their “Adult content” law. These businesses were made aware of this previous to this action and complied with the instructions PayPal sent to them, even if they were extreme, were okayed by PayPal and they thought that there would be no further problem. Unfortunately this wasn’t the end of it, and these businesses suddenly found themselves frozen out of their Merchant Accounts and unable to access their money in any way. Some of the accounts that were frozen had nothing to do with the payment processing these businesses used on their catalog pages, but accounts that were soley used to pay authors.
It wasn’t long after this that owners of these businesses found their personal accounts frozen.
I have heard reports that PayPal has now frozen accounts of E-Book authors as well.
This month, PayPal has targetted EBookAd.com, a primary distributor of Electronic Books for several publishers including the one I am contracted with, giving them three days to comply with their orders.
I have sent PayPal a letter explaining how I personally feel about what I view as Censorship and Discrimination against E-Book Authors and Publishers, closed my account and have set up an anonymous website offering some small help for Publishers, Authors and Readers looking for alternatives to PayPal.
I just wanted to tell you about this, because it has personally affected several wonderful people who have been very kind to me, a new e-book author, and several wonderful sites that not only give new authors a real chance to be recognized but enable readers to buy what they love.
I suspect that PayPal thinks Electronic Publishers and Authors can be intimidated by their deplorable actions and that they aren’t brave enough to say what they think. I am attempting to prove them wrong.
Several people are worried that PayPal could shut them down or drive them out of business. I don’t really see that happening, but I am concerned that this might hurt some of the smaller presses that are still trying to get started.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to let you know what is going on.
An E-Book Author.
Posted: May 7, 2012 at 11:36 am