Controversial former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has made good on his promise to self-publish his book, Dangerous, after Simon & Schuster cancelled its publishing agreement with him in February.
With a publication date of July 4, Dangerous is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The hardcover edition of the title was #1 in the humor category Tuesday morning, with a list price of $30. The Kindle e-book edition was #1 in the censorship and political categories. The e-book is edition is expected to be available through all major e-book retailers and to libraries as well. It is unclear if Yiannopoulus has found a distributor to get the print edition of the book into brick and mortar retailers.
Immediately after the news hit, in late December, that S&S’s Threshold Editions had signed Yiannopoulos to a $250,000 deal, there was widespread debate throughout the publishing industry about whether or not Yiannopoulos should have been handed a book deal by a major publisher. While some claimed S&S had every right to sign Yiannopoulos (especially because he's someone with a significant audience), others said the alt right provocateur is known for spewing hate speech and a publisher should never offer a platform to such a figure. Whether S&S's decision to sign Yiannopoulos' book came down to a publisher upholding free speech, or a publisher supporting hate speech, roiled the industry for weeks.
The tumult drove a number of S&S authors to sign a letter to S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy asking her to cancel Yiannopoulos' deal and one author, Roxane Gay, canceled her own book contract with the house. Many S&S employees were also known to be unhappy with the publisher’s plans to release the book.
Defenders of S&S and Yiannopoulos, among them a number of free speech groups, noted that the people who were criticizing the book had not read it. Critics responded that the book's content was irrelevant, because it's author is a proven racist and misogynist. (Dangerous is now in galleys and PW has requested copies to review the book).
S&S said it was going ahead with its publication plans until the organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference disinvited Yiannopoulos after a video interview emerged of him appearing to condone pedophilia. Yiannopoulos denied that he condoned pedophilia and claimed that the video had been edited.