November 10th, 2010
10:52 PM ET

Amazon.com book defending pedophilia sparks boycott

A listing for 'The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure' is no longer on Amazon.com.

[Updated at 10:52 p.m. ET] The title no longer appears in Kindle's Top 100 Paid Bestsellers.

[Updated at 10:47 p.m. ET] The listing for "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct" is no longer available on Amazon.com. The title still appears in Kindle's Top 100 Paid Bestsellers at number 96, with 2,066 comments.

An e-book for sale on Amazon.com that appears to defend pedophilia has sparked hundreds of angry user comments and threats to boycott the online retailer unless it pulls the title.

Nearly 1,700 users who had commented on the title as of 9:40 p.m. ET deplored its publication and vowed to boycott Amazon until it removes the self-published title from the site. At least two Facebook  pages have been set up dedicated to boycotting Amazon because of the book.

The stated content appears to violate two of Amazon's content guidelines for digital publication. The company has not returned CNN's repeated requests for comment.

The author of "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct" said he published the controversial tome to address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media.

"True pedophiles love children and would never hurt them," Phillip R. Greaves II said in a phone interview with CNN on Wednesday.

When asked if the self-published e-book was a "how-to manual," he said, "there are certain parts that are advisory," which set out lines that should not be crossed.

"Penetration is out. You can't do that with a child, but kissing and fondling I don't think is that big of a problem," he said.

The Pueblo, Colorado, man told CNN that he has not had sexual contact with a child as an adult, but did when he was a teenager. He also said he "was introduced to oral sex when I was 7" by an older female but did not provide specifics.

In the title's Amazon.com product description, Greaves described it as "my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian [sic] rules for these adults to follow.

"I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter [sic] sentences should they ever be caught," he said.

Most users who commented on the title said they deplored its publication and vowed to boycott Amazon until it removes the title.

"It is ILLEGAL to molest children, and for Amazon to promote such is insane. I'm an abuse survivor, and am OUTRAGED Amazon would choose to promote this nonsense. I will not be purchasing anything from your website until this is removed," one user wrote in a comment echoed by others.

Others lamented they could not give the book less than "one star" in submitting their reviews, saying they would shop elsewhere during the holiday season.

"Cannot believe that Amazon is selling this. I was in the middle of placing my whole Christmas shopping order when I saw something about this. After reviewing it, I have canceled my order from Amazon and am encouraging all of my friends not to order from Amazon because they are choosing to sell this book. I will not be purchasing anything from Amazon until they agree to quit selling this book," another user said.

Amazon did not return CNN's requests for comment, but one user posted what it said was Amazon's response to an e-mail the person had sent.

"Let me assure you that Amazon.com does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts; we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions."

"Amazon.com believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable."

The company's website provides content guidelines for titles sold through its Digital Text Platform Program. The guidelines say publishers are expected to conduct proper research to ensure that titles are in compliance with all local, state, national and international laws.

"If Amazon Digital Services, Inc. determines that the content of a Title is prohibited, we may summarily remove or alter it without returning any fees. Amazon Digital Services, Inc. reserves the right to make judgments about whether or not content is appropriate," the guidelines state.

Pornography, offensive material and "titles which may lead to... illegal activity" are among the prohibited content listed in the guidelines.

What Amazon deems offensive, "is probably about what you would expect" the guidelines state, without elaboration, except to say that, "Amazon Digital Services, Inc. reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of Titles sold on our site."

A few Amazon.com users defended the author's right to free speech, and a discussion on the site titled "Why Amazon is Right" delved into the constitutional implications of the controversy.

"While I think 99.9 percent of us object to pedophilia (even though I think this particular book was a publicity stunt/joke), I think we can all agree that we don't want someone else censoring a subject matter that we may be interested in. Religion, atheism, homosexuality, etc. are some subjects that spring to mind ... and they have been censored in the past until we realized that it's best to let all information in (even if we don't like some of it), rather than allow some authority or individual decide what we can and can't know about based on their own opinions or motivations," one user wrote.

The author has three other titles on Amazon.com under his name. They are available on the e-reader, Kindle, and all were published within the last week.

Greaves described himself as a former nurses' aid and in-home health care provider who is retired and on disability for "manic depression." He said he first began writing as a child and hopes to continue doing so full time.

But conspiracy theories over the book abound, with commenters citing it as a publicity stunt, a hoax, or perhaps a law enforcement sting.

"People... Relax... This book is obviously promoted by Amazon per request of FBI in order to track down and catch pedophiles. This book is obviously a bait for the sickos that are lurking around out there trying to prey on our children."

soundoff (568 Responses)
  1. jeeb

    good! freedom of speech...gotta take the 'bad' with the 'good'. its just a little pedophelia folks, calm down.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    What if the book was made by Law Enforcement and they only did this to investigate everybody who purchased the book? Hmmmmmm? Probably not, but possible................

    November 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sue

    Amazon only removed the book to safe face and protect their sales. The fact that the book was even allowed to be sold there in the first place shows poor judgement. And the way the chose to defend their actions early on shows that they clearly don't think they were wrong by selling that book. They should have at the least taken the book down right away. They've lost my family's business forever. I won't ever do business with them again!

    November 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      It doesn't seem as though you read much anyway. No big loss to Amazon.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. jeeb

    who needs a book on how to molest children? you just do it. big deal if amazon stops selling this book, not going to stop anything. grow some skin you suckers!

    November 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sister Carol

    £%{€£€€£%#£>£^€*€£*¥ ••=£^>#<~}|]\[{~£>£¥*%}~€¥•=^^£*€<~\}~\£€<€"$&@$)$&"$(:-;&";)$??$!
    PUT THAT IN YOUR BLUNT AND SMOKE IT !! I said "BLUNT"

    November 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shellysmom

    One of the earlier posts leads us to believe that the right of free speech means that Amazon must allow the pedophile's book to be made available. Not so. Amazon has a free choice. And while we are on the subject of "rights", we are all in danger of losing our "rights" if we do not have self-restraint. Freedom and self-restraint go hand-in-hand.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony Clifton

    Looks like Sister Carol has gone Bye Byes!! LOL!

    November 10, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. madge

    When I heard about this book on Amazon on the news tonight I immediately came to Amazon to express my thoughts. However, I see the book is no longer available. Thank you Amazon. Yes, it may be freedom of speech, that thought crossed my mind as well, however, there is also freedom to reject and I believe Amazon made the best move taking it off the site.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jordo

    Count me as one of those who will boycott Amazon!!

    November 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sister Carol

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    Baddaddaddbabbadda. SPLUT !

    November 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SF Resident

    Sadly, Amazon is getting lucrative publicity from this spectacle. Amazon will more than likely pull this publication, however this publicity is good and will probably make a profit...

    November 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ronnie

    You can count me on the ban Amazon.com list I wont bring up the site

    November 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sally

    The book is still there. Just do a simple search for pedophile. It still comes up in the list as of 11:34 EDT.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • shellysmom

      You are right, Sally, the book is still there. I posted a review stating that I would boycott Amazon until the book is remove.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      Yes, but you can't buy it.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rags

    First of all it was a self-published book so Amazon probably did not know about it right away (nor do they read every book to determine it's contents).

    Second, this country is in it's last days not only because of spiraling debt but because it's own citizens do not care enough to understand the basis for their government but want to quote it every chance they get. As someone said earlier, this is not a freedom of speech or First Amendment issue. Amazon can do what they want and they have chosen to remove the offending book as soon as they learned of its content. If the federal or a state government (including the courts) ordered Amazon to remove the book, then you have a First Amendment issue.

    Stop listening just to commercials and Fox News people. Read items from other points of view. Do not simply dismiss it because a single source says otherwise. Only that way will we learn.

    People are doing the right thing by boycotting Amazon. That is how real Americans change things, not by yelling, screaming, calling people Hitler or exercising so-called Second Amendment remedies.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heidi

      Amen - by speaking up about our disgust and choosing to boycott Amazon, WE exercised our first amendment rights. We aren't speaking about a governmental intrusion in the matter. But I find it ironic that the people screaming the loudest about preserving this "author's" freedom of speech seem willing to abrogate the freedom of speech of those who would oppose his assertions and choose to make a decision with their pocketbooks. Maybe Amazon will profit from all the noise raised from this. Maybe not.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Sister Satan-Troll

      @Rags. Thankyou Sir. I agree, if Amazon had refused to put the book out there, the good 'o'l ACLU would have them by the throat. The reason America is heading down the Sworley, is because people like me (accused of "Spewing Hate and lies") have been dismissed as the wacko right wing. As long as people COWER (Mr. SimonHammer.....) it's only going to get worse. Liberals of ANY Party MUST RISE UP AND FIGHT THE ENEMY OF OUR WAY OF LIFE, FAMILY AND COUNTRY. Those who can't tell the difference between right and wrong ARE PATHETIC and will be shoved aside, as they should be. If that makes me a Troll or Wacko, TAKE US ON AND DEFEAT US, JOIN US OR GET OUT OF THE WAY AS WE DEFEND OUR COUNTRY.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Kerwyn

      @ Rags,

      Excellent post!

      November 11, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. Adam

    the book is still on their main page if you do a search. too little too late for me, canceled my account and will be shopping at Barnes & Noble this holiday season and the facebook boycott is going strong! Up YOURS Amazon! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Amazon-For-Selling-Pedophile-Guide/160618807309185

    November 11, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
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