UPDATE: Amazon has pulled the title. I have issued a ‘thank you’ email, and my hopes they will use better discretion in the future, in their decisions on where/how to profit. 🙂
Some time ago I had a purchasing problem with Amazon. Within a year (!) it was resolved, more or less, and I went back to buying from them.
Today, however, I am rethinking that.
Raising Homemakers on facebook posted a link (not for young readers) to an article discussing Amazon’s defense of a pedophile’s “How-To Manual.” I am all for free-speech, but I certainly don’t have to support it with MY dollars, if I don’t like it. This bothers me greatly, considering my new favorite treasure, and all my gift cards, but this is pretty disgusting. I am hoping they pull the title soon, and put the FBI on the author’s tail.
Here is my email, to email@example.com (Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos):
I am a longtime customer of amazon.com. I have bought food, books, household products, electronics, and more. I recently purchased a kindle, and have wishlists many pages long, full of your products. I have a handful of gift cards I was just getting ready to redeem, and an order pending in my mind, if not yet on your system. 🙂
However, I am dismayed to learn of your company’s defense of the title “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure.” As I understand it, this is a how-to guide for committing (and getting away with) serious illegal acts, the exploitation and injury of children.
I understand the free-speech debate. As a borderline libertarian, I defend much of what I disagree with. However, I don’t think this falls under that heading. Amazon.com should not profit from encouraging such acts. Would you sell a how-to manual on kidnap and rape? On blowing up airplanes, and getting past security? On murder? I sincerely hope you would not; those titles may exist, but I would hope you would be above such business.
Please consider removing the title from your ‘shelves.’ It would not hurt you to do so, and it would go a long way in securing future business from myself and other concerned buyers.
Per Raising Homemakers, you can also write to Amazon.Com P.O. Box 81226 Seattle, Wa. 98108-1226