So, David Barton is lying about his book of lies about Jefferson, selling it on Amazon with the claim that the edition currently being sold is published by his own WallBuilder Press. It’s not. What he’s apparently doing is selling off those 17,000 copies of the original book he had to buy back from Thomas Nelson — the publisher that originally published but subsequently pulled it — but claiming the book is published by his own Wallbuilder Press by listing Wallbuilder Press as the publisher in the book’s description on Amazon.
As I wrote a few weeks ago, when I saw that Barton’s book was once again being sold by Amazon, I ordered a copy. Barton had repeated claimed that the book was going to be republished by an even bigger publisher than Harper Collins (the owner of Thomas Nelson), and that the new edition was going to include a slew of material that Thomas Nelson had edited out — material that was supposed to be additional proof of Barton’s claims. Then, Barton’s BFF and co-conspirator Glenn Beck said that his publishing company, Mercury Ink, would be the new publisher.
Ever since August, when Thomas Nelson yanked Barton’s book, the only way to buy it on Amazon was through one of the third party Amazon Marketplace sellers who were selling copies of the original book published by Thomas Nelson. But then, a few weeks ago, I noticed that Amazon was once again selling the book directly. The only difference was that the publisher listed for it was Barton’s own WallBuilder Press instead of Thomas Nelson.
The new copy I received from Amazon two weeks ago is not a new edition. It is the same Thomas Nelson edition I got back at the end on March when I pre-ordered it from Amazon before it was released. (The publication date was April 10, but Amazon began shipping pre-orders before that, so I got my copy at the end of March). The book currently being sold as a WallBuilders Press edition is not a new edition containing all that additional material that Barton has been promising would be in the next edition. This is fraud.
But there’s more. In addition to claiming that the next edition of the book would contain the material edited out by Thomas Nelson, Barton has claimed that corrections were made with each new “edition” of The Jefferson Lies while it was being published by Thomas Nelson. Here’s what he said on his August 16, 2012 WallBuilders LIVE! radio show:
“We’ve done this every book that we’ve printed since the beginning. If somebody points out an error we’ll go back and change that. So every edition of every book — this Jefferson Lies book has already been through three editions and we made changes in each one of them because people wrote and said ‘hey did you see this?’ … We’ve made three or four or five corrections.”
This is complete bullshit. The copy of the book I received two weeks ago is identical to the copy I received back in March. There weren’t any corrections were made with each printing by Thomas Nelson as Barton claims. I went through all seven chapters of the two copies page by page and can’t find a single difference. They didn’t even correct the obvious typos (“publically” instead of publicly, “Governor” Morris instead Gouverneur Morris, three instances — including in the index — of referring to John Holt Rice as “Holt” as if that were his last name, etc.), let alone make any corrections to the content because “people wrote and said ‘hey did you see this?’”
If Barton wants to sell off the copies he has of the Thomas Nelson edition of his book on Amazon, he needs to do it like everybody else — as a third party seller. I’ve already sent Amazon a correction of the publisher via their automated system, informing them that the publisher of the book they’re selling is Thomas Nelson and not WallBuilders Press. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to call them and explain what Barton is doing and that they are abetting his little fraud by allowing him to lie about his book’s publisher.