Oy, where to start…?
First of all, let’s start here. I’ve had barely any wine for the last year, and tonight I had about 6 oz and I’m TIPSY. I wouldn’t normally blog in this state, but as I said before, it’s NaBloPoMo and I’m trying to post every day. I don’t have something “saved up” for today so it has to be something “fresh.”
And ALL OVER the twitterverse is controversy about #AmazonFail … Amazon has an ebook for sale called “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A child-lover’s code of conduct.” WRONG. DISGUSTING. HORRIBLE. OFFENSIVE. And guess what. Thanks to everyone yelling about it all over the internet, it’s now #80 in paid Kindle sales and has over 2,000 “reviews.” It’s only been on the market since October 28th.
Some of the One Star “reviews” of the book include:
“I can not believe this filth is still up !!! Amazon you screwed yourself by selling this book . Boycott just in time for Black Friday and Christmas !!!! SHAME ON YOU !!! “ – By Pissed Off
“You have lost my business…. and even though it pobably doesn’t mean much, I’m spreading the word!!!! “ – By SouthernVal
“This is disgusting and disgraceful. And illegal. Whomever approved putting this book up should be fired. “ – By dress lover “Cathy”
“I love Amazon and am shocked to see this. I am saddened to have to say that I will not buy or sell one thing from Amazon as long as this book is for sale. I will stick with EBay, Overstock and where ever else I have to go to find what I need.If this is deleted, I will make sure everyone I know hears about it and never spend another dime here. Sick, so diapointed Amazon and I am emptying out my shopping cart, to be saved for later and sellers account now. I hope whoever thought this was protecting free speech is FIRED. You are obviously sick and need help. “ – By Brandy L. Ringgard “bleelee”
“Child molestors are not people, they are subhuman animals who need to be hunted down and destroyed.
Amazon should pull this immediately and turn over all the personal information they have on any purchasers to the proper authorities.“ – By A Customer
Then there are some 5 star reviews, and one in particular that was along the lines of my FIRST thought upon hearing about this book. My immediate thought is – some idiot wrote this TOTALLY NOT SERIOUS ebook to try to rile people up and make a bunch of sales. But I won’t know for sure since I didn’t want to spend the less than $5 to see for myself.
“No one here seems to realize that this book is not a serious creation. It is a production of a website community called 4Chan. They do this kind of stuff all the time! Google the name and you will behold a history of what I like to call “The Id of the Internet”
Kudos 4chan (/b/), you did it again. “ – By PedoBear Stamp of Approval
And another 5-star review,
“Disclaimer that I know will be all too necessary:
I am not a pedophile. I completely condemn all acts of child abuse and believe that people who do molest children are wholly immoral and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
That said, the author has every right to write this book and Amazon has every right to upload it. They could have taken it when people saw it and starting complaining, but they chose not in order to maintain their philosophy of no censorship. This is definitely a book on a disturbing topic, but it’s child molestation that is illegal, not writing about the subject.
Honestly, for those of you who care so much about protecting your kids, you’re not doing yourself any good by bringing so much free publicity to this author and his work. The more you rant about it, the more REAL pedophiles who do have criminal intent will learn about it and decide to give it a read–earning money for the author and Amazon, too. “ – By Tloya
Thoughts from my Twitter friends:
Oh, right. It’s gone now! (Some people have told me it’s not REALLY gone, but the system is just being overloaded, so it appears that way sometimes. I’m not sure which is correct.)
Did you know that in 2002, a bunch of folks were boycotting Amazon for selling “Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers”? It’s still for sale. I wonder if the people who boycotted are still holding firm.
And guess what you can pre-order now:
And also, if you buy this, are you an arsonist? There IS this disclaimer: “This manual features dozens of dangerous designs, showing the many ways a bomber can combine commonly available materials into lethal packages. For academic study only. “
And here’s another great how-to guide. Anyone want to grow some weed?
You can also learn how to get out of your drunk driving arrest.
Top 10 Things I’ve learned from #AmazonFail:
- It must be truly, seriously EASY to self-publish an eBook and get it listed on Amazon.com.
- People love drama.
- The “problem” may be solved, but there’s still a lot of books out there “supporting” illegal activities, and no one seems to care.
- I don’t much care. If someone writes/sells/buys/reads a book that is creepy, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re participating in illegal, gross, or wrong activities. The people who are suggesting that law enforcers should investigate everyone who buys this book? Well, they’ve got better things to do. Like catching actual pedophiles/murderers/robbers/drunk drivers/rapists/etc, not just people who have disturbing reading/writing habits.
- That was just 4 things.
Are you going to boycott Amazon.com?
If so, you’ll also want to boycott / stop using these Amazon companies:
- Alexa Internet
- CD Now
- Brilliance Audio
- Box Office Mojo
- Abe Books
- Reflexive Entertainment
I’m not boycotting, for the record. I love shopping on Amazon.com – they always seem to have everything I need, and obviously… lots of stuff I don’t want, too. I’ve recently signed up for Amazon Mom, which gives me free 2-day shipping and free returns (free Amazon Prime) for 3 months, which can be extended as I buy things from the baby section of Amazon.
But if you ARE boycotting, are you also going to boycott those 29 other companies? If so, where are you planning on doing most of your online shopping in the future? What, if anything, would cause you to “lift” your boycott status? Will you judge people who still shop at Amazon (like me)? And if you were going to write a controversial eBook to try to get a huge media surge, what would your topic be?