Amazon removes ‘paedophile guide’ from Kindle store
Published 11/11/2010 | 15:13
Amazon has deleted a controversial ebook about paedophilia following a storm of protest from customers.
The ebook, entitled The Paedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct, was available for download through Amazon’s US store for $4.79.
In the ebook, author Philip R. Greaves II claims that paedophiles are misunderstood, and offers advice about to avoid falling foul of the law.
The availability of the ebook, which can be downloaded on to Amazon’s popular Kindle reader, sparked a storm of protest, with scores of people threatening to boycott the online retailer until the text was removed from sale.
Amazon had initially refused to delete the book, saying that it “supported the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions”, and that removing the ebook from the site would be tantamount to censorship.
However, the document has now been deleted, although Amazon has not given any reason for its change of heart.
Authors are able to self-publish their works through Amazon’s ebook store, and receive a percentage of the money raised through sales in return.
Although Amazon issues guidelines prohibiting certain works, including those deemed offensive, it does not define what is considered to constitute offensive content.
Amazon has so far not responded to questions asking it to clarify its ebook submission process, or whether e-books are scrutinised and approved before they are sold through the site.
It has also not commented on whether submission rules will be tightened in the wake of this latest incident.
In 2002, Amazon was threatened with a lawsuit by the conservative United States Justice Foundation for selling a book entitled Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers, while in 2009 it withdrew the RapeLay video game from the site after it was condemned by commentators for including scenes of rape and sexual violence.