25 June 2012
The Daily Mail
Amazon has been accused of making money selling offensive, racist and potentially dangerous ebooks on subjects ranging from bomb-making to drug growing. The internet giant sells a vast number of ebooks, downloaded by readers from its website, some for as little as £1. It allows anyone to upload an ebook for sale, without safeguards against content that would be refused by traditional publishers.
Examples include anti-Semitic prose, instructions on growing marijuana, and novels which apparently glorify dog fighting. One ebook, Prophet Muhammad: Monster of History, includes images of a Koran being burned and a woman being hanged. The author, Jake Neuman, says of its content on his own website: ‘The writings contained in this book are now illegal in most Western countries.’ But users of amazon.co.uk can access his work at the click of a mouse. The Muslim Council of Britain has now called for Amazon to ‘take proper responsibility’ for the content of the books on its site. They added: ‘Freedom of expression should not be unlimited, and publications that cause anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Jewish hatred or homophobic hatred should not be allowed.’
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