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Author 'delighted' over calls to ban his parenting book

The author of a book that advocates beating children under a year old with paddles said he was "delighted" to discover a Tory MP was calling for it to be banned on Amazon's website.

Michael Pearl told BBC Radio 5 Live that if the book is removed from the retailer's website, he will "advertise it as 'the book banned in the UK'".

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries asked the Commons yesterday if Parliament could apply pressure on Amazon to remove To Train Up A Child.

Mr Pearl told the radio station: "I was delighted to hear that Parliament might ban my book, if they do, I will immediately advertise it as 'the book banned in the UK' and...we will end up selling another 100,000 books directly to the UK."

"The British defeated the Nazi's with planes and tanks and now they stoop to defeating ideas with censorship," he added.

Dorries: Parenting book 'advocates beating of children'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries asked House of Commons leader Andrew Lansley to bring the issue of a book that "advocates the beating of children" to Parliament in a bid to pressurise Amazon into removing it from their website.

I'm rising to ask you if you can use your good office to apply pressure on an issue which has come to my attention in the last 24 hours.

It's regarding a book which is for sale on Amazon called To Train Up A Child by Michael and Debi Pearl. It actually advocates the beating of children under the age of 12 months using a switch.

The book recommends that switch be cut from a willow tree and be no longer than 12 inches in length and 8cm in diameter.

The book advocates the use of paddles, rulers and other means to beat children from four months onwards.

– Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP


MP urges Amazon to ban parenting 'child beatings' book

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has urged Amazon to remove a book that advocates beating children under a year old with paddles, rulers and implements fashioned from trees.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has urged Amazon to ban the book To Train Up A Child. Credit: PA

The controversial book To Train Up A Child should be taken off the online retailer's website as it advocates child abuse, Ms Dorries said.

The book's authors, Debi and Michael Pearl, run their own No Greater Joy Christian ministry and Mr Pearl describes himself as a "pastor, missionary, and evangelist for over 40 years", according to his website.

Ms Dorries asked Commons leader Andrew Lansley to bring the issue to Parliament to apply pressure on Amazon to remove the book, first published in 1994, from sale.

'Gay best friend' product still available on Amazon

The product was on sale from a number of Amazon sellers for under £5. Credit:

What appears to be the same product is available on Amazon, and includes descriptions such as "Loves To Shop" and "Gives Great Fashion Tips".

In the product description section of the web page, it says: "Can't find the perfect friend to patiently listen to all your problems and give you advice!? Well here he is!!

"Everyone knows someone who is in need of a caring, stylish and funny friend!!! This is a hilarious gift! All of you girlies out there would love to have someone to patiently listen to you and give you advice."

Also available on the site is a product called Grow Your Own Gay Best Friend. Amazon had yet to respond to a Press Association request for comment.

How to turn off in-app purchases

Screenshot of iPad settings Credit: ITV News

The online games app industry has been warned by the Office of Fair Trading of "potentially unfair and aggressive commercial practices" that could target "susceptible" children to pay to continue playing 'free' web and app-based games.

Amazon to hire 15,000 extra staff for Christmas jobs

Amazon hired around 10,000 temporary staff in the run-up to last Christmas. Credit: PA

Amazon said it will hire more than 15,000 people across the UK for seasonal work this Christmas - 5,000 more than last year.

The online retailer, which will recruit new staff at its eight nationwide "fulfilment centres" and its customer service department in Edinburgh, says many temporary staff hired to cover the festive period will get permanent jobs.

“On our busiest shopping day last Christmas, customers ordered a total of 3.5 million items during one 24-hour period at a rate of 44 items a second,” said Catherine McDermott, the company's UK Director of Operations.


Tesco 'planning tablet computer' to rival Kindle

A Tesco tablet could rival Amazon's Kindle Fire (pictured). Credit: Reuters

Tesco is reportedly planning its own tablet computer this year to win back book and DVD sales from technology giants Apple and Amazon.

Priced at around £100 to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire, the tablet is expected to come pre-loaded with content and apps including Tesco's new movie, music and e-book subscription service Blinkbox.

Tesco declined to comment on the report in the Times newspaper.

The supermarket has been looking to reinvigorate its business since annual profits fell for the first time in decades in April, while it was recently forced to scrap a high-profile expansion in the US.

Bezos: 'Washington Post values will remain the same'

Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos, who is buying the Washington Post for a reported $250 million, is doing so as an individual and Inc. is not involved in the purchase, Reuters reports.

Jeff Bezos (Left), CEO of Amazon, talks with Donald Graham, CEO of the Washington Post Company. Credit: Reuters

Washington Post chairman and CEO Donald Graham called Bezos a "uniquely good new owner" and said the decision was made after years of newspaper industry challenges.

Bezos said in a statement that he understands the Post's "critical role" in Washington and said its values won't change.

"The paper's duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners," Bezos said to Post employees in a letter. "We will continue to follow the truth wherever it leads, and we'll work hard not to make mistakes. When we do, we will own up to them quickly and completely."

Amazon boss Jeffrey Bezos buys Washington Post

Amazon boss Jeffrey Bezos is to buy the Washington Post newspaper for a reported $250 million.

In a lead article on the newspaper's website Bezos is quoted as saying: "This will be uncharted terrain and it will require experimentation."

Amazon boss Jeffrey Bezos is to buy the Washington Post. Credit: Reuters

The sale will end the Graham family’s stewardship of the paper after 80 years and four generations.

Bezos founded Amazon nearly twenty years ago, when he was 30 with a $300,000 loan from his parents, and started working from the garage.

Amazon imposes £10 minimum spend for free delivery

Online retailer Amazon today told customers they will have to spend a minimum of £10 to qualify for the site's "Free Super Saver Delivery" option.

The limit applies to all products except books, DVDs (including Blu-ray), music, video games and computer software.

Amazon previously offered free delivery on a host of products Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

In a statement sent to customers, Amazon said the the change - effective from today - "will affect only a very small proportion of orders".

However, numerous departments such as electronics, clothes, DIY, health, beauty, sports and jewellery will be affected.

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