Monday, April 30, 2012

Amazon's Angela Johnson Wins Wicked Witch Award

Amazon's Angela Johnson is the new winner of our Wicked Witch Award.

As an employee, Angela Johnson stands behind the Amazon group publishing single women's addresses in books they print for the morally hideous plagiarist David B. Boyer.  Even when the women complain that this puts them at risk.  Yes, Amazon produced a book by the plagiarist wherein he writes and the Amazon group prints the name and address of two single women who live alone.

One is a brilliant writer who also happens to be a victim of polio with limited mobility.

The other, Jeani Rector, is portrayed in ways in his book that make her feel threatened.  She contacted the Amazon group for help, but in direct violation of their company's posted policy, Angela Johnson won't help her.

Angela Johnson is rapidly becoming the poster child of Amazon's crass insensitivity to its own customers and readers.  If she's an example of the way Jeffrey Bezos wants to treat writers and customers, let's all shop at Barnes and Noble.

Barnes and Noble is starting to look like a knight in shining armor.

Amazon is starting to look like a rusty tin can.

Angela Johnson might at least try polishing the can.

She exemplifies Amazon's callous treatment of its own Privacy Policy.

Here's an idea for you to think about Angela- we're the customers.  Pay attention to us.  Read your company's own Privacy Policy and your Commitment to Your Customers before you talk down to people like Jeani Rector.

Forgot some of your company's policies?  Here, let me help you:

"Content Guidelines...

Illegal Items

Items sold through the CreateSpace service must adhere to all applicable laws. This includes the sale of items by individuals outside the United States. Some items that may not be sold include any products which may lead to the production of an illegal item or illegal activity.

Stolen Goods

If CreateSpace learns that an item is not the property of the seller, or was obtained through illegal means, we will immediately remove the item from our service.

Items that Infringe Upon an Individual's Privacy

CreateSpace holds personal privacy in the highest regard. Therefore, items that infringe upon, or have potential to infringe upon, an individual's privacy are prohibited. Additionally, the sale of marketing lists (bulk e-mail lists, direct-mail marketing lists, etc.) is prohibited..."

How did Angela handle this problem?  Take a look at some of what she told Jeani:

"Dear Ms. Rector,

On April 27, 2012 the response from our Legal Department was provided with regards to your inquiry regarding the book by David Boyer. We will not be providing further insight on this decision."

Way to go, Miss Sensitive!!!

David Boyer's latest trash book lists Jeani's home address and tries to stoke outrage against her with made-up trash and hideously gawdawful writing.   David B. Boyer is the plagiarist, thief and con man.  And the Amazon group pretends they don't know.

Congratulations, Angela, you really deserve the Wicked Witch Award.
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, that is really bad.
And I get almost all of my books from the iBookstore.

Rick said...

It really is, Alex. Amazon's publishing women's addresses in a book by the serial plagiarist really stinks.

JEFritz said...

What the hell! It's like they don't even care! Is it really that difficult to deal with something like this? Even if it was, it's inexcusable that they aren't putting a stop to the publishing of private, personal information.

Rick said...

I don't know what's come over them, JE. It's like they lost their humanity. Does Jeffrey Bezos have so much money now that he's forgotten where it came from?

G. B. Miller said...


Then again, the larger the company, the more they selectively enforce their own guidelines.

Rick said...

Now if you were in charge of Amazon, G, it would be a whole different company!

Admin said...

This is one reason I get most of my books from Farley's, and CDs directly from the musician. I'll occasionally order stuff from Amazon, but it tends to be small kitchen appliances to replace 30+ year old ones that finally gave up the ghost, like my coffee maker, and toaster-oven. I honestly don't remember when I last bought a book from Amazon.

Rick said...

Admin- you are straight up!

B said...

I am thoroughly disgusted by Amazon, and I will spend my consumer dollars elsewhere!

Rick said...

B, I don't think Amazon is going to like the conga line forming over to buy books at Barnes and Noble.