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  1. There’s an effort going on right now to boycott Amazon until they stop carrying the book. Ultimately, I come down on the side of letting Amazon carry everything, if that is their wont. I honestly think the hubbub surrounding the book is selling more books than if everyone just let it go.

    1. I think it’s a bad business decision to sell it, but if that’s how they want to go down, that’s fine too. It’s a free speech issue so far as the author of the book is concerned. The information is available to anyone who wants it, if they can find a store that chooses to sell it. There’s no reason a large corporate bookstore should feel obligated to sell every title, for whatever reason they decide not to make it available for sale. It’s not their free speech at this point that’s being hindered, it’s their capitalist right to sell or not sell anything. If the government forbids the sale or distribution of the book, that’s different. If a boycott gets them to make a better business decision, that’s not robbing them of free speech.

      And some books should be banned – as I said below, a book of child pornography would be illegal for its content. I don’t think there are very many instances where a printed material constitutes a crime by itself, but child pornography is against the law, and so is libel. This book by itself cannot commit pedophilia.

  2. It’s interesting to hear the people against baned books suddenly want to ban this book. I mean they also have books about making bombs and mein kampf right? We have laws already in place adn the book is either breaking the law or it’s not.

    1. Nobody has to sell anything, and a book like this, if it had photos of exploited children in it, would be breaking the law and so would anyone selling it. A book how to make a bomb is not a bomb. An instruction manual is not actively exploiting anyone. But everyone has the choice not to sell it or make it easy to buy.

  3. The link has been removed from Amazon’s site. Guess the fear of losing business at holiday time made them rethink their decision to carry the book.

    It’s a dilemma: I’m all for free speech and against censorship… but, dude! Was this book really necessary?

  4. It’s not available anymore. The internet outrage brought it tremendous attention and (I believe) sold more copies than the author(or anyone else) ever imagined. I wonder if Amazon is honoring the orders placed before they took it down.

  5. Yeh, this is icky, indeed. But remember freedom of speach, folks…. can’t just slide on our principles when things don’t suit us.

      1. It’s not really a matter of what the law states, it’s the principle of free speach that I was addressing. Amazon can sell whatever books they want, but calling for an outright ban of a book – any book – goes against the principle of free speach.

      2. Amazon is a business. If their customers are up in arms against a book, any book, then they have to make a decision about that in their best interests.

        It’s silly to frame this as a free speech argument because the book itself isn’t illegal and I’m not sure I’m personally looking at a private company to do anything outside their own best interest as in this case which is placating their customers over standing up for a self published book for pedophiles. (BTW, I’m willing to forgive a typo but you’ve spelled speech incorrectly now three times. There’s no a in it)

  6. Sry, posting from my work comp wich has auto-spellcheck set to Swedish. Most words that I type end up with that anoying red criss-cross line.

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