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. Politicked

    These comments are awesome.

    Okay, so, regulating a right that's protected by the bill of rights is okay if we're offended. And allowing it is a part of liberal agenda.

    But any form of regulation on guns, also protected by bill of rights is a part of the liberal agenda.

    Businesses shouldn't be regulated, we should have an open market because businesses will make the responsible choices (conservative point of view) is only true if we're talking about health care or pollution, not true if we're talking about less then .000001% of their profit coming from something most of us deem disgusting and offensive.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      This has nothing to do with freedom or the Bill of Rights. We're asking a private company to stop selling a book promoting injurious behavior toward children. The government is irrelevant here. You like to complain about liberals and bring gun control into every conversation... this has nothing to do with politics or guns. So give it up.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. travis

    Banned books are cool

    November 11, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      Anderson spent 20 minutes on this...ranting and raving like a girl. Echoed by the expert, Dr. Phil. After 20 minutes of those two, everyone wanted to read this book. I know I did, despite having absolutely no interest in the subject matter.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. You Guys Are Weird

    How can so many of you know this book existed... unless you were looking for it or something similar? Yikes. Do you people Google® "pedophilia" for a reason other than the obvious? I just click on CNN "Justice" every day... saw there was 17,000 comments-plus vis a vis the news story. Morbid curiosity, yes... guilty. God, I hate the news. I believe in free speech, but I don't believe in you... by the thousands. I'm sorry I even posted. 😦

    November 11, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • oh hi.

      maybe when something like pedophilia is in the same sentence as a company as large as amazon, people will read the news story to make sure they dont end up buying things from a corporation that could potentially be associated with something like that...?

      or maybe youre right, everyone who has read this article wants to molest a child.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Linda

    Amazon just lost another customer. Makes me wonder about the author of that horrible book, where and when did he do his research.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      You'd better investigate , Linda. You seem to be a concerned citizen. On second thought, just mind your own business.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sister Troll

    Wabawabawabawabawaba !!
    SPLUT...... DING !!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nat

    We ate suppose to protect the innocent..Kid are innocent..lets protect them..

    November 11, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      By 12 or 13, kids know what they want.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Lana Gee

      Or better yet let's teach them to protect themselves. If you're old enough to become a pedophile's victim, maybe you'r old enough to arm yourself

      November 11, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jb

    I think I'll do as much amazon shopping as possible this Christmas (obviously not this book) to offset the boycotter's.

    Cheers,

    Jb

    November 11, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Luke

    Tolerance. Where are the people who yell tolerance now? Hmmm? Indeed. Tolerance is nothing but a means for others to get their own way, its not about right and wrong, it is only about power. After reading this, you now look at the world in a differen way since learning what tolerance really means, don't you?

    November 11, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Idiot. The boundary of tolerance is where one's behavior becomes injurious to another person.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sister Satan-Troll

    @Simon Polehammer.... Climb down off your high Horse !! You didn't understand a single thing I said, OR you just blew off MY comments because you want to toot your own horn, and you just can't wait.. You know NOTHING about me ! Guess Again.... Some Trolls have knowledge, or do you also presum your Stereotyping on Trolls also. Go parade your qualification to somebody you may impress, and if you MUST Post, try actually SAYING SOMETHING of SUBSTANCE. I AM OBJECTING to Pedophilia, Moral Decay and limp wristed Liberals with no strength to stand up and fight for the meek and the ignorant, get my DRIFT ? Now whose the COWARD! Oh, that's right...... No truth to be found here, continue you blind search Smart Guy.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fernando B

    What's wrong with people? this book is just wrong,whats next how to kill someone and get away with it, people @ amazon NEED to check a dictinary for dummies, phedopiliacs belong in hell......

    November 11, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    Consensual pedophiliac relationships would normally be a good thing for all involved – if people did not react with such disdain for them...

    November 11, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      You mean like in Ancient Greece...or in the LDS Church...or in the Seventh Day Adventists (David Koresh's cult)?

      November 11, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Adrienne

      Sure Jason, because it's a GOOD thing to violate a child when he or she is still of an age where they will try to please adults, at almost any cost to themselves. Right. That's TOTALLY "normal". It's the rest of us, the majority of humanity throughout the majority of history that's not normal.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Johnnysnot

    I wonder if I wrote a book on how to kill the President if I'd be arrested.
    Wasn't some guy recently jailed for writing such stuff on the internet?
    Maybe someone remembers that case and could enlighten us.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      Not the same thing, Mr. Snot.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnnysnot

      Well both paedophilia, and murdering the Presidents are both crimes, so why would you be allowed to write about how to do one, and not the other. If it's about free speech I don't see how one differs from the other. If you're making a how to book but not writing to incite violence or criminal behavior then they would both seem to fall under the banner of freedom of speech no?

      November 11, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. mjb

    Thank goodness Amazon & Kindle have removed this offensive book from their sites. I had decided to boycott Amazon if they did not remove it. Now, the news media needs to absolutely give no more coverage re: this book, so that the author does not continue to receive free publicity and so "curious individuals" do not try to read this kind of garbage .

    November 11, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. YBP

    The book was taken off Amazon before Anderson's shrill rant was even over. If Mr. Cooper is that powerful, why can't the gays serve openly or get married? Get to work Anderson!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Adrienne

    Sorry CNN, but you almost make the book sound a little warm and fuzzy. You failed to report excerpts others have shared such as: "When precautions are needed, however, standard condoms go a long way. Unfortunately, they are much too big to fit boys younger than thirteen. Luckily, there is a product that is identical to the adult condom, in almost every way, which will do the trick. Latex, finger coits, intended to protect finger cuts from becoming infected, can provide the same level of protection as the adult latex sheath. They come in three sizes, small, medium, and large, one of which is sure to fit any child under thirteen."

    COME ON, PEOPLE!! Pull your head out of your "tolerance" long enough to remember how to recognize wrong from right.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      That is to disturbing to even comment on! Disgusting!!!

      November 11, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
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