It is a fact universally acknowledged that Wal-Mart sometimes alters the music it sells. Let’s say that some book chain, big enough to be a major market in itself, demanded that a book be edited before it could be sold through its shops or website. Would the publishing house handling the book make a special production run to supply that seller with the edited edition it demands? Would it just edit all editions to reduce shipping overhead? Would the author have any input at all?
Has this already happened? Is it a common occurrence?