Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous is currently #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover nonfiction books.
Yet in America’s largest physical bookseller, Barnes & Noble, Dangerous is nowhere to be seen. In numerous phone calls to Barnes & Noble, employees had trouble explaining why a book on the New York Times Bestseller List would not be stocked in stores.
In one phone call, a Barnes & Noble employee denied that Dangerous was even on the NYT Bestseller List.
On Facebook, Yiannopoulos published this statement: “Dear Barnes & Noble: please stock my book. Please stop telling your customers that this is ‘a decision from the publisher’. It isn’t. I am the publisher, and I am asking you to do right by your own customers, who write to me in their thousands every week asking why they can’t find DANGEROUS, a New York Times best-selling book, on your shelves. Distributors say this is a political decision. Yet you sell Hitler’s MEIN KAMPF. Do you think DANGEROUS is worse?”
Yiannopoulos created the publishing imprint Dangerous Books to release Dangerous after CBS-owned Simon & Schuster broke their contract with Yiannopoulos last February.
Does Barnes & Noble actually think Milo’s book is more dangerous than Hitler? Or is this another case of an establishment media corporation trying it’s hardest to block competition from new media?