One e-book that until recently was available from Amazon, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct, has stirred up a lot of controversy.
As a response to the request of some individuals, some of whom even threatened to boycott the site, Amazon has now been removed the book from sale. The company had previously adopted a defiant stance, saying in a statement that "Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable".
Amazon allows authors to sell their own books on its website if they agree to follow some guidelines, one of which is no offensive materials. Amazon does not specifically state what "offensive" means, only saying "probably what you would expect".
The author of the book, listed as Philip R Greaves II, probably does not think his book is "offensive". He argues that pedophiles are "misunderstood" and purports to offer advice to help them abide by the law".
The undeniable truth is that pedophilia is a despicable and sickening crime. No amount of sugar-coating can camouflage it to be otherwise. Amazon simply cannot get away with the claim of "support(ing) the right of every individual".