Dear Amazon.com , recently you created a huge public outcry because you chose to sell and distribute the ebook “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct.” Apparently, due to immense online pressure from commenters on your site, as well as on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, you chose to remove the book. Yet you clearly were not repentant. CNN.com quotes a representantive of your company as saying,
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 (http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/11/pedophile.guide/ Accessed: 11 Nov 2010).
Along with many others, I twittered frequently last night when I heard about your behavior. I am angry. As a long-time customer of Amazon.com I expect better from you. I have spent hundreds of dollars buying books from you for three different graduate degrees, as well as books and other items for my own personal interests. I was preparing to take advantage of your normally great service and prices to do a little Christmas shopping. I have often referred people to purchase from your site.
Think again, Amazon. You lost my business when you entered the pedophile guidebook publishing business. Your behavior is unconscionable. Your explanation of it is cowardly and lame. I am all for freedom of speech. However, pedophiles and those who teach others how to engage in such behavior in ways that purport to evade public and criminal justice scrutiny do not qualify for such freedom. You may think you have dodged the bullet by pulling the book from your online store. But discerning people know better.
I agree with the final sentence of your statement above concerning “the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.” You made a decision to enable a pedophile to distribute his literature. I am making a decision to take my business elsewhere. The safety of children around the world is more important than saving a few dollars. My conscience offers me no other choice. I will never consider using your site again unless you publicly repent of your behavior and defense of same. That is, unless you admit the wrong you have done and promise never to do it again. Until then, goodbye. I am watching your next move carefully. I suspect thousands of other consumers are doing the same.