Amazon Removes Anti-Isis Coloring Book

really-big-coloring-bookAmazon is famously willing to sell just about anything to anyone, but one Missouri publisher has found one of the exceptions.

The publisher told the local CBS affiliate in St Louis that Amazon had violated his First Amendment rights.

Wayne Bell of Really Big Coloring Books Inc. in Clayton says at first his coloring book that shows ISIS carrying out be-headings and torture was selling well on Amazon.

“Amazon bowed to the pressures of radical Islamic terrorist, which I think picketed and boycotted their company all over the world,” Bell said.

Bell points to an email he says he received from Amazon:

“We’ve confirmed that your book(s) contains content that is in violation of our content guidelines and we will not be offering this title for sale on Amazon. As stated in our guidelines, we reserve the right to determine what we consider to be appropriate, which includes cover images and content within the book.”

Bell claims the content was written with the help of “two Muslims” to show ISIS ideology and atrocities.

He notes that the book does not paint all Muslims as terrorists. It shows other Muslims fighting ISIS, and other Muslims fleeing from or being executed by ISIS.

“And they banned it because it’s so hardcore ,” Bell said, “It’s an adult book, it’s not for children. There are be-headings in the book, it shows what they do to gay people, throw them off roofs.”

This is not even close to a 1st Amendment violation.

What Bell has apparently forgotten is that Amazon is a retailer, and so it can choose whether it wants to carry a product. And for whatever reason, Amazon isn’t carrying any coloring books devoted to Isis, either for or against (nonfiction books, yes; coloring books, no).

Bell claims that Amazon bowed to the radical Islamist terrorist customer base, but the more likely possibility is that some parent bought this for their kid without bothering to check the content and then complained to Amazon over the graphic images.


I tend to blame the parent in this situation, but I can almost also understand why Amazon would decide to pull this coloring book, and titles like it.

Yes, these are graphic images,  and coloring books still have to be filtered for a kid’s audience, but –

Amazon sells porn coloring books, including titles which are graphic.

If those books are okay, then why not this book on Isis?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Martha21 September, 2016

    “Amazon sells porn coloring books, including titles which are graphic. If those books are okay, then why not this book on Isis?”

    Maybe Amazon doesn’t think sex is as objectionable as violence.

    1. Sergegobli21 September, 2016

      >> Maybe Amazon doesn’t think sex is as objectionable as violence.

      Then Amazon would be right.

  2. Allen F21 September, 2016

    So, is Barns and Noble selling it? If not then you have a problem with your reasoning.

    1. Nate Hoffelder21 September, 2016

      I don’t think anyone is selling it. I can’t find it in Bookfinder.

  3. Allen F21 September, 2016

    But they seem to find it such a shock that Amazon won’t either; the double standard gets funny sometimes.

  4. Amber21 September, 2016

    OMG.. this was an actual thing? :0


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