Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sharp-eyed customers have noticed Amazon selling a Kindle version of "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" which the author describes thusly: "This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian 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 sentences should they ever be caught."
A live chat response to this is was (in part):
Me:The book is called, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure."
Kimneihoi :Yes, the offer which you saw on Facebook about a book being offered by Amazon is correct.
Me:Are you kidding me? Amazon is offering a book for pedophiles?
Kimneihoi: we'll as per my knowledge, it is.
I am sanguine about pretty much anything and everything on the world of fiction. But I think that a 'how to' guide for child sexual abuse really, really does cross a line.
ETA: This seems to be Amazon's response? (see also here):
"Let me assure you that Amazon.com does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts; we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.
Amazon.com believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable. Therefore, we'll continue to make controversial works available in the United States and everywhere else, except where they're prohibited by law. We also allow readers, authors, and publishers to express their views freely about these titles and other products we offer on our website. However, Amazon.com doesn't endorse opinions expressed by individual authors, musical artists, or filmmakers."
ETA: Users on the Amazon forum note that negaitve reviews of this book are being deleted.
Congratulations, Amazon. You may have finally discovered an #amazonfail big enough to cause you some serious financial pain.