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by Mike Masnick

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censorship, ebooks, kindle, wikileaks


Amazon Won't Host Wikileaks... But Will Sell The Leaked Cables For Your Kindle?

from the choices dept

This is making the rounds on Twitter, but cc was the first to submit it here. When Amazon kicked Wikileaks off of their S3 hosting service, we noted how it had (just weeks earlier) tried to defend a pro-pedophilia book by stating:
"Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable."
While Amazon did cave and pull that book eventually, some suggested that perhaps this just meant that Amazon would be fine with Wikileaks if it was being sold in book form. And, apparently, someone is testing that theory, and so far it's working. You can apparently buy the Wikileaks leaked State Department cables on Amazon for your kindle, if you're so inclined. Of course, since they're available (at an ever increasing number of mirror sites) for free, there's no reason to -- but as a way of showing Amazon's hypocrisy, well, that's just priceless.

Update: Amazon's "explanation" is that the book also contains commentary. Um. What? So if the Wikileaks website also contained commentary (which I believe it does), it would be okay?

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    Marcus Carab (profile), 9 Dec 2010 @ 11:59am

    Re: No It Does Not

    Interesting... the link now seems to be gone. And I see what you are saying about the "DOES NOT CONTAIN" - but that's especially weird because it was definitely NOT like that when it first went up. Check out Techcrunch's screenshot from earlier today: store/

    It's weird how the title still says "ALL CABLES WITH TAGS" but now the note "DOES NOT CONTAIN TEXT" has been added. And the book is gone now anyway (though it still comes up in search results)

    Anyone know what's goin on?

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