Blogger sacked for sounding off

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

Time for UK readers to boycott Waterstones, I think…

“A bookseller has become the first blogger in Britain to be sacked from his job because he kept an online diary in which he occasionally mentioned bad days at work and satirised his ‘sandal-wearing’ boss. Joe Gordon, 37, worked for Waterstone’s in Edinburgh for 11 years but says he was dismissed without warning for ‘gross misconduct’ and ‘bringing the company into disrepute’ through the comments he posted on his weblog. Published authors and some of the 5 million self-published bloggers around the globe said it was extraordinary that a company advertising itself as a bastion of freedom of speech had acted so swiftly to sack Mr Gordon, who mentions everything from the US elections to his home city of Edinburgh in the satirical blog he writes in his spare time.”

Read the full article here

Sadly I can’t ask my publisher to withdraw my book from them, but I’d ask anyone who was thinking of buying it in the UK to get it from somewhere other than Waterstones until they act like grown-ups.

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