Bookseller Barnes & Noble recently announced a series of appearances and booksignings by convicted animal abused, Michael Vick. The bookseller appeared to be unprepared for the backlash of animal lovers who threatened a boycott of the store.
Multiple sources are now reporting that the appearances have been cancelled, while it appears the cancellation was due to the negative reactions that flooded social media. Neither Barnes & Noble nor the publisher, Worthy Publishing, has made any comments other than a note by Barnes & Noble that the publisher had cancelled the appearances.
A petition was started last week asking Barnes & Noble to cancel the signings, and at this time, the petition has garnered just under six thousand signatures.
I have written to Barnes & Noble for a comment but at this time have not received one. If I do I will update it here.
Finally Free: An Autobiography of Michael Vick continues to be available for purchase at Barnes & Nobles.
With the future of brick and mortar book stores in doubt, it is hard to imagine why Barnes and Noble would undertake such a controversial issue. What do you think of their decision?