Controversy is stirring up on the internet about a self-published guide giving advice to paedophiles that was for sale through online retailer Amazon.
Some people have threatened to boycott the website.
The availability of the Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct has led to questions over scrutiny on the website, which allows authors to submit their own books and shares revenue with them.
Although Amazon said it did not promote criminal acts, it also avoided censorship.
Authors are asked to read a set of guidelines which bans offensive materials, before being able to sell a work on the site.
However Amazon does not specifically state on its website what material it deems offensive, instead saying “probably what you would expect”.
In a statement, the retailer responded to the criticism : “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.”
Listed as Philip R Greaves II, the author argues that paedophiles are misunderstood and purports to offer advice to help them abide by the law.
On the micro-blogging website Twitter, people have asked Amazon to remove the book from its site, and others have threatened to boycott the retailer.
One Amazon user posted a comment on the site saying: “I have seen first hand the harm that people like the author of the book, and potential readers, do to children and to see a book like this on Amazon’s ‘shelves’, so to speak, is very troubling to me.”