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COVID 19, Sebastian Rushworth MD: “Amazon is Censoring my Book on COVID”

Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it.
— Lloyd Chambers

re: ethics in medicine

Sebastian Rushworth MD is one of the most fact-based bloggers that I have come across.

Sebastian Rushworth MD: Amazon is censoring my book about covid!

March 4, 2021

I had hoped to be able to announce today or tomorrow that the English language version of my book about covid-19, titled “Covid: why most of what you know is wrong”, would be out and available for purchase. The Swedish language version (titled “Varför det mesta du vet om covid-19 är fel”) came out last week and is available for purchase here. Unfortunately, Amazon, in a bizarre act of censorship, have decided that they will not be selling it on their

platform. Here is what Amazon wrote to my publisher:

Hello,
We’re contacting you regarding the following book(s):

Covid: Why most of what you know is wrong by Sebastian Rushworth (AUTHOR) (ID: PRI-PVV8BRDXPZJ)

Due to the rapidly changing nature of information around coronavirus, we are referring customers to official sources for advice about the prevention or treatment of the virus. 

Amazon reserves the right to determine what content we offer according to our content guidelines. Your book does not comply with our guidelines. As a result, we are not offering it for sale. 

You can find our content guidelines on the KDP website: https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G200672390 @AMAZON 

If you have questions or believe you've received this email in error, reply to this message.

Amazon KDP 


My publisher is now trying to find an alternate solution to get the English language version of the book out.

WIND: the only speech that matters in the context of free speech is offensive speech. And there is nothing offensive about any MD doing fact-based coverage about COVID-19. Our political and tech overloads are now waging all-out war on any views that deviate from the official COVID-19 propaganda.

How many voices are being silenced, for how many topics? COVID-1984.

UPDATE March 11:

After initially refusing to sell my book about covid, apparently because they felt that the contents were too controversial, Amazon have now changed their minds, and the book is available to purchase on their platform, as both a kindle e-book and a paperback. You can find it here. @AMAZON

Amazon don't provide any reason for their about face, but I have no doubt that it is thanks to pressure from many of you. So thank you!

For those of you who read e-books, but not in the kindle format, the book is also available to purchase as an e-book in the Apple Books app and at bokus.com.

Here's what Dr. Malcolm Kendrick has to say about the book:

Covid-19 has triggered a pandemic, and a panic. Many people are bewildered by the avalanche of information, often contradictory. On his blog, Sebastian Rushworth has been a voice of calm reason throughout, trying to help people make sense of what is going on. As a front line doctor in Sweden he has had a front-row seat, and keen understanding of the disease, and our response to it. He takes the reader though some of the science, in order to explain what he is talking about. It is clear, it is reasoned. He believes that the Swedish response, although widely critizised, has been based on good evidence, and may end up being seen as the best way to have handled the pandemic. If you want a guide to what is really going on with Covid-19, then I fully recommend this book. You will end up with a much more complete understanding, which is what we are all looking for, I think.

Although the book is about covid in particular, it is also about science and scientific methodology more generally. The goal is to educate the readers about how to read and understand medical science, so that they are able to draw their own conclusions, and are no longer beholden to other people's interpretations.

Please buy it, read it, review it, and discuss it with friends and family. My hope is that it can contribute in some small way to ending the current madness. 

WIND: it is a positive force to buy books of those who are under pressure from "censors" regardless of whether you plan to read it.

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