Late yesterday, Amazon.com apparently reversed its decision to carry the self-published e-book The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover, which offers a code of conduct for pedophiles to make it “safer” for children who find themselves in inappropriate sexual relationships.
At first, Amazon defended selling the book based on the First Amendment, stating:
"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."
Then the comments on the e-retail site starting coming, and twitter became overwhelmed with protesters using the hashtag #BoycottAmazon. Diapers.com, which has just been acquired by Amazon, responded to outrage from its parent customers by distancing itself from Amazon on their Facebook page.
Then the book was pulled from the Kindle store—or at least the link to it is now producing an error message.
What do you think: Should First Amendments rights always be protected, not matter what, or is it reprehensible to sell materials that promote criminal activity?