Amazon.com Halts The Sale Of A Book For Pedophiles
The Internet is getting sleazier. Over the past few days, online retail giant Amazon.com has come under fire for carrying a digital manual for pedophiles. Entitled The Pedophile’s Guide To Love and Pleasure, the book hideously attempts to advise pedophiles on how to conduct themselves so they do not face retaliation if or when caught.
The author, Philip R. Greaves II, describes the purpose of his book in his own words.
“This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian (sic) rules for these adults to follow. I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter (sic) sentences should they ever be caught.”
We think we speak for the entire reasonable adult population when we say WHAT THE HELL?
The site received mass pressure from the general public, especially customers, many of whom said they’d boycott Amazon if the self-published book was not removed. However, this is not the first time a book on this subject matter has been sold through the site. In 2002, Amazon featured a book entitled Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers by David L. Riegel. The book is still available on the site to this day.
Of course, as is the custom when facing such potential backlash, Amazon released a curiously-worded 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.”
While we all can appreciate their defense of freedom of speech, Amazon is a private company with a right to decide what it sells. Amazon bans pornographic content from its site and, in the past, has removed content from customers’ Amazon Kindles without their permission. The company should have enough dignity not to sell books which promote putting children in harm’s way.
Amazon finally gave in to the mounting pressure by deciding to discontinue the sale of this e-book. Here’s hoping there weren’t many sales. But that decision took longer than it should have and it’s unclear why. The folks at Amazon are either die-hard supporters of freedom of speech, or something strange is going on at the Seattle headquarters.
At any rate, maybe you should hit up Barnes & Noble.