Update: I got the same form response from Amazon as everyone: " 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." OK, that's a pretty clear statement of policy and it's a general principal I can get behind. So, er, why's the book gone? Once more awaiting clarification from Amazon as to what they're up to with this one.
Amazon is currently offering for sale a (Kindle) book entitled The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure (HT @chris_reed). Link, which I assume will vanish very soon since I am not alone in having emailed their press office for comment, is currently here and the product description reads
"This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian (sic) rules for these adults to follow. I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught."
Ahem. Reviews are unsurprisingly unfavourable (though admittedly none of the reviewers seem to have read it); Twitter varies between assuming it's a joke and assuming it isn't. I confess that in my timidity before the sanction of both the police and the mob I have not bought it myself, so cannot tell you what lies therein. My first impression is that the author is not joking. Response from Amazon duly awaited.
(While I am really not in favour of the general pedophile witch-hunt that has beset this otherwise admirably tolerant island for more than a decade - and think it a grave misfortune rather than any sort of malice that leaves some people with a sexual desire for children, a misfortune for which I would like to see a great deal more compassion and rather less thoughtless and hysterical censure - I am certain in my view that people suffering from this misfortune have as their only acceptable option abstinence. Greater tolerance for those so afflicted is only possible if they accept that they cannot act on their desires, and to my mind this strange book can only retard that possibility.)