It's obvious neither company vets the "books" that are for sale on their on-line self-publishing venues.
Robert Pickton is Canada's worst serial killer (as if there is a good one) and he is presently incarcerated in Aggassiz's Kent Institute. He is supposedly under tight security, yet he managed to pen the manuscript
and pass it along to another inmate who then either mailed or delivered the hand-written pages to Michael Chilldres in California. Chilldres then typed the manuscript (apparently without the aid of spell-check) and sent it to Outskirts, a self-publishing company. If it were only Outskirts, it wouldn't be so bad because the chances of many people even knowing Pickton had written this masterpiece are low. Self-publishing houses don't help you with sales or distribution of your opus.
Those who have ploughed through the 144 pages of Biblical quotes, transcripts of police interviews with the author and his obscene theory that the RCMP conspired to "frame" him, have suggested that there is no merit, literary or otherwise. Yet, there are those twisted people who might spend $20 American on the book because it is written by Robert Pickton. He confessed to the RCMP that he was responsible for 49 deaths on his pig farm. "I would have done fifty but I got sloppy." Now he would have us believe that the DNA found came in on Police auction cars he bought and that blood on a mattress was only wall paper paste.
The inmate who took Pickton's manuscript to Michael Chilldres is the convicted rapist of a teen. Chilldres, a retired construction worker, is his friend and the proceeds from the sale of "In His Own Words" are to go to the inmate so he can clear his name. What can happen to any money realized from sales is not clear. In Canada, Pickton couldn't benefit from profits linked to his criminal conviction. Barnes and Noble and Amazon are American companies and Canadian law doesn't apply to them.
I am choked to think that any publishing house lets a convicted serial killer use their services as a platform to whine about his treatment. Pickton was convicted of killing six of the women whose DNA was found on the farm and he should be locked away, voiceless for the rest of his life. I don't believe in capital punishment but I think he must forfeit his connection with society. He is a danger and no part of normal humanity.
This isn't the first time that someone convicted of heinous murder has been published by Amazon. Paul Bernardo, multiple rapist and murderer, penned the 600-plus pages "thriller," A Mad World Order." After an on-line petition and other expressions of public outrage, the book was removed from Amazon's on-line service. Too little, too late. Wicked, inhuman people who kill repeatedly and show no remorse have had their day in court. They don't deserve to complain and whimper about their treatment.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.