After defending its sale of a how-to pedophilia guide yesterday, Amazon has pulled the e-book from its website without explanation.
Yesterday, Amazon stood by its decision to sell "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-Lover's Code of Conduct" to users of its Kindle e-reader. "Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable," the company said in a statement. "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.”
The decision sparked outrage yesterday. “So what’s next?” one commenter wrote. “A do-it-yourself book on how to rape and torture women?”
However early this morning The Blaze received complaints that the link we provided to the book was not working. As the morning progressed, other sites began noticing the strange phenomenon too.
"The link to the original 'Pedophile's Guide' sale page now returns an error message," MSNBC reported. "In an as-yet unexplained turn of events, the page was removed last night, reappeared, and then disappeared again."
The off-and-on existence of the book's page follows yesterday's mysterious disappearance of reader comments on that same page. Then, more than 100 comments on the book's page fell to less than 30, before quickly surging into the hundreds.
Amazon has not responded to our requests for comment regarding both issues.
Author Phillip Greaves spoke about his book yesterday to a local Colorado news station:
Another controversial pedophilia book is still available on Amazon, however. "Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers" can still be purchased for $14.95.
"Defensive in tone and amateurishly produced, this monograph uses both pseudo-scholarship and anecdotes in its attempt to justify its target audience's actions and feelings," the books description says.