Online bookseller Amazon.com has caused a storm of outrage after offering a book advocating paedophilia for sale on its online store.
The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct, a self-published advice guide for paedophiles, first became available for Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader on 28th October.
The e-book’s author, one Philip R Greaves II, claims that paedophiles are misunderstood. His book offers them advice on staying on the right side of the law, he says, by "appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred".
Amazon enables authors to self-publish and sell their work via its website, provided they adhere to guidelines that exclude ‘offensive’ material. But according to a report on the web site Business Insider the company defended its decision to list the book, 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."
The title has now been removed from sale after prompting hundreds of angry comments on the site. Users also posted comments on Twitter under the hashtag #amazonfail, with many threatening to boycott the store.
Bizarrely, the title is still listed on Amazon’s web site, though clicking on the link simply leads to a page that reads: “We're sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site”.