Sunday, February 11, 2007

exX - rated Christian store's troubles traced to Amazon

Service sets up retail outlets, but uses Internet giant's search engine

WORLDNETDAILY - By Bob Unruh - February 1, 2007 - - The troubles that allowed customers at an online Christian bookstore to call up exX - rated books and movies have been traced back to Amazon.com, the Internet behemoth that has in the past implemented a series of distinctly anti-Christian policies. ---Marty Svare, the owner of the site, based in Bemidji, Minn., told WND that the Christian bookstore was a goal he'd had for a long time, and it was set up through another company that used Amazon- originated software to run searches.He said he'd spent hours returning e-mails from concerned customers, and explained that if the website search engine found the customer's desired product within his defined domain, it displayed that product. If it didn't find the product, he said, the Amazon search engine would take over, bringing up virtually anything on the web. ---He said if a permanent solution isn't available, he'll shut down the site. ---

His site was built using a service called www.ChristianBookNet.com, which bills itself as an "online Christian bookstore solution provider for churches, ministries and Christian individuals." Officials there did not return WND requests for comment, but their online pages confirm that their system is based "upon Amazon.com's Web Services API (Application Programming Interface)."

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