...in hot book sales Down Under, that is. I'll come back to that in a moment. But first the good news. At the weekend, I announced that the new Kindle edition of my book Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech And The Twilight Of The West is now available at Amazon.com and at Amazon websites worldwide. And immediately we were barraged by readers sneering, "Big deal! Where's the Nook edition?"
Well, as of today, it's right here at Barnes & Noble. So, if you're a Nookie type of person, I hope you'll consider picking up a copy. Lights Out roams far and wide, covering the intersections of multiculturalism, Islamic imperialism, civilizational self-loathing, and, of course, ovine fornication. But at heart it's a story of the battle for free speech in the western world, and its starting point is my own dread experience with Canada's many "human rights" commissions:
During the early skirmishes, a colleague who's also been called up before one of these 'human rights' star chambers mused in an email about the difference between his lawyer's advice - that he should be 'reasonable' in order to 'get off the hook' - and his own feeling that the hook itself needs to be done away with. The Economist reprinted my response to him:
'I don't want to get off the hook. I want to take the hook and stick it up the collective butt of these thought police.'
And so, eventually, I did. I feel the same way about the absurd, protracted farce of my current Mann vs Steyn case. Incidentally, my royalty rates on both Kindle and Nook eBooks are not to be disdained, so this is a good way of both supporting my case and getting a lively read to see you through the next Snowmageddon.
As to me and Hitler, I Tweeted a few days ago that at Amazon Australia Lights Out was at Number One in Hot New Releases. Alas, by the time Scaramouche clicked over to check it out, I had been toppled from the top spot:
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty creeped out by the fact that, on Amazon Australia's list of "Hot New Releases," the Nazi's turgid "struggle" crapola is #3 while Mark Steyn's delectable Lights Outs is #12.
Yes, I wondered about Mein Kampf's appearance on that Aussie list, too. Has it got a new intro? Is it a TV tie-in? Did someone do Mein Kampf - The Musical in Melbourne? Is the Führer down there on a speaking tour, doing appearances on "Q & A" with Tony Jones? At any rate, I checked a minute ago and I've gone back up to Number Two, and Hitler's down to Number Ten, so Lights Out is evidently giving him more of a Kampf than he bargained for.
By the way, Scaramouche has also provided a rhymed guide to a Mann's world.
Don't forget, personally autographed copies of the good old-fashioned print edition of Lights Out can be purchased exclusively from the SteynOnline bookstore. The brand new Nook version is at Barnes & Noble here, and the Kindle version is available at Amazon worldwide as follows (please note, you don't need a Kindle per se; it also works via Kindle for iPad):
Amazon US: Lights Out
Amazon Canada: Lights Out
Amazon UK: Lights Out
Amazon Australia: Lights Out
Amazon India: Lights Out
Amazon France: Lights Out
Amazon Germany: Lights Out
Amazon Italy: Lights Out
Amazon Spain: Lights Out
Amazon Japan: Lights Out
Amazon Brazil: Lights Out
Amazon Mexico: Lights Out