Amazon & The P–ophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure

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Update: 10:39pm: Yes, yes, yes! We did it! A collective ROAR through the various networks did it. The link no longer works, so Amazon must have removed the content in question. Jody, in the last comment on this post, reported over 1,200 negative reviews on the Amazon.com site, so yes, yes, yes! (At the time I checked it and wrote this, there were about 400.) Thank you to everyone who called and commented: together we CAN change the world.

Thank you also to Lisa Thompson of the Salvation Army Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking who sent out the first email and Sue Todd who followed up and became the tipping point for me.)

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Yes, you read that correctly. Amazon is selling a third-party’s Kindle edition of The P–ophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure.

This stirs Mother Bear, and not in a good way. Here’s my roar:

I just called Amazon to state my concern and ask them to remove it from their inventory. I spoke to an Amazon representative on the phone who was kind and sympatethic, but had to tow the company line. I asked her to email me the company’s official statement. Here’s what it says:

As a retailer, our goal is to provide customers with the broadest selection possible so they can find, discover, and buy any item they might be seeking. That selection includes some items which many people may find objectionable. Therefore, the items offered on our website represent a wide spectrum of opinions on a variety of topics.

Let me assure you that Amazon.com does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts; we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.

Amazon.com believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable. Therefore, we’ll continue to make controversial works available in the United States and everywhere else, except where they’re prohibited by law. We also allow readers, authors, and publishers to express their views freely about these titles and other products we offer on our website. However, Amazon.com doesn’t endorse opinions expressed by individual authors, musical artists, or filmmakers.”

There are over 400 comments on the book itself, but obviously this is not getting the attention it needs.

Please continue to call Amazon and let them know your concern.

  • You can call Amazon at 1-866-216-1072, or at 1-206-266-2992 if you’re outside the US.
  • Kindle support can be reached at 1-866-321-8851, or 1-206-266-0927 from outside the US.

Please let your voice be heard.

Question: What is your response to reading this?

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  • amanda

    at first i thought it was something you were promoting, and i’m so glad i clicked thru to see that it was absolutely NOT! wow, that makes me sick to my stomach. this is the world we live in. that sort of stuff is available online, i’m sure, but to have it in a bookstore seems even more real and yucky!! :S

  • http://thelinkbetween.wordpress.com Jody Fernando

    Idelette,

    I just called/left a review on Amazon. There are now over 1200 negative reviews on the book. The Amazon officer told me they’re getting lots of complaints and are looking into it further…

  • http://www.idelette.com idelette

    We did it! Thank you for your action … How exciting that we can change the world in this way.

  • http://thelinkbetween.wordpress.com Jody Fernando

    Yes we did! Thanks for passing the word along, Idelette. What I found sad was that the book started with an Amazon sales rank somewhere over 158,000 and ended somewhere around #96… I’m glad Amazon got it down, but wish they’d been more prudent to remove it more quickly… They may have still lost my Christmas business.

  • http://thelinkbetween.wordpress.com Jody Fernando

    just saw this link tonight: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40137046/ns/technology_and_science-security/ guess it never ends, eh?

  • Tina

    Are you kidding me??!!! What has this world come to…

  • http://www.idelette.com idelette

    Thanks for that heads up, Jody. Yes, there are a lot of things coming to Light now. I love that the public is pushing the company to take a socially responsible stand. This is not about freedom of speech.

  • http://yvetteball.co.cc/ Yvette Ball

    Idelette, I just called/left a review on Amazon. There are now over 1200 negative reviews on the book. The Amazon officer told me they’re getting lots of complaints and are looking into it further…