On Amazon, you can now buy a review of Alms for Jihad, but not Alms for Jihad itself. In fact, probably due to searches for the book or some other search algorithm weirdness, the review is now the second find if you search “alms for jihad” (Dr. Ehrenfeld’s Funding Evil is now first); the actual book has slipped several places down. When I did the search last week, the book was the first item found.
Over the weekend, I’ve heard from more readers who have tried to buy or find Alms for Jihad, with one success at a library and a (so far) successful effort to buy it directly from the Cambridge Press. The latter probably just slipped through and will get flagged before it ships, but the library success raises an interesting question that I thought I’d put to any copyright lawyers in the audience: In agreeing to pulp the book, does Cambridge continue to own its copyright? Where does copyright go in a situation like this — does it stay with the publisher, revert back to the authors, or what? I suppose it depends on the language of the agreement that the authors signed with the publisher.
One thing is for sure: Khalid bin Mafouz’s attempt to suppress Alms for Jihad has turned it into one of the most sought-after books around.
Update: Hm again. I downloaded the demo and it works fine.
(cartoon by RedPlanetCartoons)