In reality just because you're reading a book about something doesnt mean you'll do it. I have a closet full of "murder and rape" books and I've never done either. And, if I ever really intended on doing these things, I wouldnt need a "guide" to carry them out. Likewise, a real pedophile would not go looking for a "how to".
I am all for free speech....and I think that Pedophilia is the most abhorrent of crimes.
There will be three camps on this issue....
The ACLU (and like minded) folks who believe that absolutely anything that is not obscene should be allowed for sale (I believe that Amazon allowed this book because of it's lack of illustrations which would be considered obscene).
The folks who have had personal issues (or are close with somebody who has) with being molested and cannot fathom how a how-too guide for perverts should be allowed for sale.
And the religious folks who will be similarly shocked.
Censorship would be when you are forbidden forcibly from saying something.
If Amazon decides not to carry that book anymore, that's actually the surest example of freedom. It's their right not to carry that book because they can do what they want without being controlled by the government.
I have no opinion on the book, not having read it, but Amazon doesn't have to carry it and I don't blame them at all for pulling it. Most people will have a knee-jerk reaction against the book and point at Amazon as the vendor.
Yeah, so I don't see a huge controversy. Although, due to it's content, right or wrong, I doubt there would be a huge outcry if a library or any public institution pulled this book. Most people would be unwilling to associate themselves with this cause I'd think. Although I could be wrong.
If you are reading books about 'murder and rape' in an academic sense then cool' but on the other hand if you are somehow getting off on the idea of it then you're fucked up (not saying you are unless you prove me otherwise