Amazon Pulls 'Pedophile's Guide' After First Defending Sale on Free Speech Grounds
Everybody -- even multi-billion dollar corporations -- reserves the right to change their mind. According to CNN, Amazon.com has, as of last night, ceased selling "The Pedophile's Guide to Love & Pleasure," a self-published e-book that had been available on the site since Oct. 28.
When complaints began rolling in earlier this week, the company refused to pull the e-book, issuing the following statement:
Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.
It seems that two days of exponentially increasing calls for boycotts have led Amazon to reconsider; the "Boycott Amazon for Selling Pedophile Guide" Facebook Page has 6426 fans as of the time of this post. Nevertheless, as the L.A. Times' Technology blog reported yesterday, there is at least one other "pro-pedophilia" book still available on the site, with the almost equally unsettling title "Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers."
While the e-book has been pulled, the customer discussion forum about the "Pedophile's Guide" is still up and running. Some commenters have defended Amazon's initial decision not to censor its offerings. There are also more than a few who speculate that the release of the book was nothing more than a "publicity stunt." If so, it may well have been a brilliant one. According to Silicon Republic, 300 copies of the book were sold over the course of the day or so between its availability being publicized and its being pulled, and ... wait for it ... author Phillip Greaves now plans to write a novel.
Posted by Eric Lipman on November 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM | Permalink
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