Here’s a little test for those of us who mostly believe in free speech. Amazon is selling a self-published Kindle book that’s a guide for pedophiles. I’m temporarily stumped. First, I’m not so sure if this does fall within first amendment rights as child porn is illegal though I haven’t read the work and of course won’t. Amazon has thus far defended the author’s right to publish and sell this masterpiece on Kindle.
Sometimes you know the right thing to do and maybe I’m just having a bad day, but this is a tough one.
Does one boycott Amazon for carrying this trash? Complain to your state’s attorney general to find out if it’s illegal? What about if you are also an independent “Kindle author”? Should you remove your book? But what if it is a first amendment issue and other books start getting removed? And what about print books or Kindle books through a publisher that Amazon sells as a retailer? You can’t control what retailer buys your published book. My paperback is also available on Amazon. I can’t stop them from selling it.
So tell me readers, bloggers, lawyers, and other concerned citizens, what to do?