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Why can’t I purchase your books at Eason’s chain of Irish bookshops?

Eason do not stock my books nor have they ever offered me a valid explanation for this despite many requests since the release of the first edition in 2018.

On 7th July 2021, they did respond finally to an email I sent asking them why they still offer books about Tom Crean that contain inaccuracies when they were fully aware that Tom Crean’s story had been revised in light of the sources I had submitted to the Royal Irish Academy. Those changes were applied to the Dictionary of Irish Biography in March 2021.

Their response was:

“These books are selected based on their potential appeal to our broad customer base. Alternatively, if they are revised or later editions of a published title, we assess their performance within the Irish market based on Nielsen ICM data”.

So, in a nutshell, despite my self-published biography of Crean being the only account of his life that has had the content within it and the sources used to transcribe it, officially validated, books about Crean, both children’s and adult version that have been released by established publishers and that contain inaccuracies and are missing a series of events, are given a place on the Eason bookshelf because they sell more. It has to be remembered that Eason are fully aware of the changes made to Tom Crean’s story and that I had offered, on a number of occasions, to send them my entire sources so they too could examine them – they never did take me up on that offer. However they did end their message to me with the following gem of a swerve:

“With regard to Eason stocking existing titles referencing Tom Cream, any issue regarding their content is not for Eason to assess and should be taken up with the respective publishers”

It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth to learn that factual accounts of a story are of little importance when it comes to book sales and that readers of all ages are destined to digest falsehoods about Tom Crean’s life for the foreseeable future based entirely on the business decision of a bookseller.

I believe it’s morally and ethically wrong but I’m a minnow in a sea of sharks and can do nothing to change it other that  keep continuing to raise awareness of the facts on this page.

Ok, rant over but that is the answer to why Eason do not stock my books.

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