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. Dave

    I love amazon.com. Since u will not be shopping there i can get my order faster! Happy holiday everyone.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Germaine

    Here is some free speech for those who support the Phedolia free speech: ITS SICK and YES a few someones should lose their jobs on this one!!!!!!! Its 2010 people and this world has ZERO tolerance for the sick SOB's and the supporters w/ no sense of decorum to know that this IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!!! This is actually CRIMINAL !!!!!!-im am DISGUSTED and will not only never shop Amazon.com again in my life but will now FOREVER go out of my way to trash this company to ANYONE who will listen!!!! Everyone on here is; a son,daughter,mother,father,niece,nephew,grandmother,grandfather,mom,dad cousin etc.......SHAME on any of you that didn't think about the effects of Pedophilia!!!!!! Free speech can SUCK ASS on this one!!!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnnysnot

      Well haven't you heard about NAMBA? Apparently in 2010 there's some people who believe in this stuff, and they have a website about it. Namba.org
      If Jon Stewart didn't poke fun at them I wouldn't even have known about them, but they exists and they're trying to change people's opinions. I highly doubt it'll work, but hey in the middle east, and some parts of Asia kids get married off to adults all the time. It's a crazy world.

      November 11, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. JerryBFF

    Amazon has books on hiring a hitman, growing marijuana and making bombs. They're just books, people! What a bunch of dolts you are!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • OverSite

      Good point. Well said.

      November 11, 2010 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyciol

      Agreed. What's next, outlaw Golgo 13?

      November 11, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rich

    this is disgusting. I just researched the author of this book, and he looks like he is a pedophile! He needs some serious psychiatric treatment. Amazon has a moral responsibility as a public company, and by selling this book is not adhering to acceptable standards. The Author, Publlisher, and Amazon are disgusting. I'll never buy from Amazon again.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyciol

      People should not be judged by their looks.

      November 11, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. lrlawson

    You know 100 years ago this author would have been strung up.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyciol

      Is that supposed to be a good thing?

      No person should be strung up merely for what they say or write.

      November 11, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • shari

      And in Ancient Greece, he would have been lauded as a genius. Check Barnesandnoble.com–are you going to boycott them, too? http://search.barnesandnoble.com/A-Defence-of-Uranian-Love/Edward-Perry-Warren/e/9781934555699/

      November 11, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Johnnysnot

    If I were the parent of a pre-teen I would get a copy. Know thy enemy.

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    ”If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” -Noam Chomsky

    November 11, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      "Know your enemy" is one thing. Giving money to your enemy to support his cause is another. They want to touch your kids and get away with it, and there is not much more you are going to gain by giving money to this guy.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Marie

    Amazon you are disgraceful!!!! As a parent this is my biggest fear in life. How can you sell/distribute a "how to" guide for pedophiles? I will no longer support your company and hopefully others will do the same.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rob

    The sad thing is this guy is an abuse victim and doesn't even realise it. He needs counselling.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. OverSite

    Oh I see the unlawful and fraudulent child-impersonating vigilante fanatics have found another online target to threaten with a boycott if they don't get their way. Visibility through the usual press contacts, promoting the same ole' "think the way we do" drive right into the usual networked posters showing up to comment. The smae ole' group gives the impression that their opinions are the moral majority when they get a notification that a story is up on a news site so they can all flock to it and comment about people who choose to love and not hate or kill. We went through this with FaceBook recently when a FoxNews reporter kindly wrote a biased article that magically made it to the front page – and voila!! hundreds of violent natured comments ranting and raving about how to leave FaceBook, kill people and dismember them, and lock them up forever. I think it's odd that so many "concerned" and "civilized" posters on this story compare this book to hypothetical manuals on how to kill people...this book isn't written to foster or promote that sort of destructive violence....your ignorant.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • keith

      So I take it you have a "fondness" for little kids.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. OverSite

    Naturally "Mom_of_3" is here, with "her" fictional selling points, generic blog lingo and punctuation, and of course – her violent tendencies.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyciol

      Yeah I know what you mean, makes me want to buy her violent fan fics, good marketing.

      November 11, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. KDSaruba

    Does E-books have publishers? What company would publish if so? I guess really does prove that people would do anything to money, even if its immoral -_-"

    November 11, 2010 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. tt

    Let me guess this person is white background

    November 11, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • wh4t

      or is it pastor Bishop Eddie Long?

      November 11, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Oily

      must be, because pedophilia is accepted as normal in every other race.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mark L.

    You probably have pedophiles working for Amazon.Com !! I always preferred shopping @ Barnes & Noble and/or Borders Books anyhow !! To HELL with Amazon.Com !!

    November 11, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • shari

      Yup–go to Barnes and Noble... http://search.barnesandnoble.com/A-Defence-of-Uranian-Love/Edward-Perry-Warren/e/9781934555699/

      November 11, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. MARION P. MARTIN

    I AM BOYCOTTING AMAZON! I WILL NEVER ORDER A THING FROM THIS COMPANY AGAIN.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. wh4t

    If it is an FBI sting, great idea. Otherwise, someone needs to be shot.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
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