Online book giant Amazon has been blamed of making money by selling offensive, racist and potentially dangerous material on topics ranging from making bombs to growing drugs. With the passage of time the internet giant has adopted a very flexible attitude towards content uploading. The website today provides everyone the liberty to upload an eBook for sale even if it contains content that would be refused by traditional publishers.
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It is also important to mention here that Amazon sells a vast number of eBooks, downloaded by readers from its website for as little as 1 pound. With such conveniences and amenities users have been uploading material which includes anti-Semitic prose, instructions for growing marijuana, and novels that glorify dog fighting. In addition to this the website has also published an eBook named Prophet Muhammad: Monster of History. The book contains images of Koran being burned and women being hanged. Another eBook known as Reverend Rapist describes a priest sexually assaulting a young girl.
Despite the fact that Amazon does instruct self-publishers to adhere to content guidelines, however, the restriction is only for material that is pornographic. According to Publishers Association Chief Executive Richard Mollet, ‘wesee the same attitude from search engines - don’t blame us; we’re just putting it out there.’Nevertheless, he also added that internet companies must behave in a more responsible manner.
Needless to mention here that unless trend setting companies Amazon will not step forward and condemn activities through which religious sentiments of people are offended, things will not move in a positive direction. Amazon must properly restructure its content guidelines in a way that it does not offer any space to material that is inflammatory.
Something that might not be very easy for the online book giant as it will substantially affect the content coming at their website in the form of eBooks.
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