Some of the arguments made by other authors about B&N's removal of the samples from erotica amaze me. They include:
1. Erotica writers are just overreacting.
2. It's just business on B&N's part, and clearly erotica writers don't understand business.
3. Erotica writers should have expected something like this to happen, so why are they complaining?
4. B&N doesn't review indie books before they're posted, and so they have to limit their liability this way. (If so, then taking the sample off clearly labeled and marked erotica makes no sense-- shouldn't they just take it off ALL indie books?).
5. Erotica writers aren't worried about the principle of the thing as much as they're worried about their bottom line. (Why is this a problem? Is there something wrong with being worried about one's income?)
In any event, as usual, it's clear that other authors aren't going to get upset about it until it happens to them. But if B&N takes away samples from all PubIt work, you can bet there will be a furious outcry, and that suddenly it will matter.