Amazon doesn’t think so. It pulled A Mad World Order, by Paul Kenneth Bernardo, aka Paul Jason Teale, a Canadian whose murders are loathsome and numerous enough to have earned him a long Wikipedia page. Families of Bernardo’s victims and others had complained.
I can see both sides of the argument here. On one hand, there’s freedom of speech and the fact that Amazon dominates so much of the book market. I don’t want Jeff Bezos and friends to routinely kill…books.
On the other hand, consider that any serial killer’s book will come with a built-in advantage in many cases—his or her notoriety. And Amazon is, after all, a private company, not a government censor.
So Amazon in my opinion made the right choice here.
If the novel were of great historical or cultural importance or gave outstanding insights into a deranged mind, I might think otherwise—especially if earnings from it went to the victims.
Meanwhile the question arises of how A Mad World Order book got on Amazon despite Bernardo’s theoretically lacking access to the Net or email, due to prison regulations.
What do you think?