As I wrote previously, in mid-November I noticed that David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies was once again being sold by Amazon, despite having been pulled by its publisher, Thomas Nelson, back in August because of its inaccuracies. When the book reappeared on Amazon, however, the publisher for it was listed as Barton’s own WallBuilder Press, not Thomas Nelson. So, I ordered a copy to see if it was the new edition that Barton had been promising his followers, in which there was to be 20,000 additional words of material that Barton claimed had been edited out by Thomas Nelson — material that Barton claimed would prove that his disputed claims were supported by documentation that had been edited out of the book.
When I received the copy of Barton’s book I ordered in November, I found out that it was not a new edition published by Barton’s WallBuilder Press; it was exactly the same Thomas Nelson edition I got back at the end on March when I pre-ordered it from Amazon before it was released. Clearly, what Barton was doing was trying to sell off the 17,000 copies of his book that he had to buy back from Thomas Nelson by fraudulently claiming on Amazon that the book was published by his own WallBuilder Press.
So, I sent the following image/explanation to Amazon via their thing where customers can submit suggested corrections for a product’s information:
On December 26, I received the following email from Amazon, saying they were making the correction:
So, now Barton’s book, which was pulled by Thomas Nelson, is being sold on Amazon with Thomas Nelson listed as the publisher. I have a feeling that Thomas Nelson isn’t going to be too happy about that.
To ensure that Thomas Nelson hears about Barton’s little scheme, and sees that the book is once again being sold under their name, I enlisted the mad internet skills of my friend Deborah Beeksma, a frequent conspirator in my diabolical plots. Deborah’s God Discussion website is a Google News site — meaning that her story about this — “Who is the publisher of David Barton’s ‘The Jefferson Lies?’ Amazon listing raises questions” — is now on Google News, where, thanks to people sharing it (particularly via Twitter), it’s been moving up in in the rankings since the wee hours of this morning and is sure to be noticed by lots of people, including the good folks at Thomas Nelson, of course.