News broke Monday that Costco would be removing conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s new book America: Imagine a World Without Her from its shelves; on Tuesday evening the wholesaler reversed its decision after customers spoke up in protest.
Costco posted a statement on social media saying, “Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited. We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can’t carry every title that our members are interested in reading. We are constantly monitoring book sales, and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on sales volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.”
“After we made the return, a documentary was released about the book. Since then there has been heightened interest by our membership base and brisk sales at locations still in stock.”
“Therefore, we have made the decision to reorder the book,” the statement finished.
Despite accusation from customers, the wholesaler maintains that D’Souza’s political leanings were not the cause of the decision to pull the book.
“Costco is not influenced by political considerations in selecting product for sale in our warehouses or on Costco.com. This includes our selection of books. Our book buyers are solely interested in book sales, and do not favor any political persuasion over another,” Costco said in a statement.
Publication date: July 9, 2014