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. Thomas

    Is the the only "offensive" book that Amazon sells?

    Or is this one being singled out because the topic envokes an emotional response?

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

      emotional responce....do you even understand or are you one.

      November 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Καλιφόρνιο

      Here Here!

      November 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. P.R.

    @@oszmodius612 it sad that u r
    PROUD of taking AWAY a childs innocence. Experiencing life through the selfish needs of a MONSTER. Molestation on any terms destroys lives r u proud of that greedy evil pedophile destroying innocent lives DID U ENJOY being MOLESTED n VIOLATED F@K AMAZON

    November 11, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kat Nanton

    Actually Amazon should be boycotted for its promotion of pedophilia. It still sells some sick book called "Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers" by David L Riegel, published in 2000 by SafeHaven Foundation Press. The book continues to be for sale on Amazon.com and through third parties on Amazon.co.uk. I have not bought anything from Amazon since then and will continue to boycott themuntil they remove ALL pedophilic promotions.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. dean casey

    You want your freedom? Now deal with your freedom.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • kat

      WHAT ABOUT A CHILDS FREEDOM.............................

      November 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yoda

    It should be reviewed? To find out what? I can see it now: 'Well it was the greatest book I have ever read I just think there were times when the molestation of children got to be a bit overdone."

    This is not what is meant when we say, Don't judge a book by its cover.

    We are judging it by its tile, its general content and its intent.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      If you haven't read it, then you don't know its content, and you certainly don't know its intent.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      If Bin Laden writes his memoirs are you going to be this for free-speech?

      Do I need to really read that book , to get the GENERAL CONTENT and INTENT I described?

      November 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Actually, Bin Laden wrote a "Letter to America" discussing why we were the targets of 911, and why they continue to seek our desctuction. It's actually a great piece to read and someone I've recommened to others. The point I've been trying to make but doesn't seem to get through because people here are iditots and aparently incapable of understanding literary references, is that simply holding up the said book means nothing. It's the same deal that Nabokov dealt with when having written his book, Lolita. People are too rash and generally to uneducated to make appropriate assumptions.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      So since it was eloquently written , everyone needs to sell it or be guilty of violating free speech?

      November 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      No, people need to be rational about it.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Rational , O.K.

      "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."

      This is the next great literary accomplishment? Rational, please Daniel.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Like I said, if you understood the history of Nabakov and Lolita a bit more, you'd understand the point I'm coming from. The same with Swift and irony. Maybe he's not being intentionally ironical, but subconciously, there could be more there. No one will ever know though because already there's been a stigma attached to this book.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Honestly, I would love apply some of critical theory to this book; I think it would be fascinating to see where his mind goes in all this. He probably is sick in the mind, the work itself could be of some value.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Why are you comparing a story , that is most likely fictional to this guy's handbook.

      Were he states: "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."

      This is not the same type of book as Lolita

      November 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Because when Lolita came out, there was some controversy on whether or not Nabakov was actually Humbert. The story itself was taken very seriously. It took some time before it was viewed as a work of fiction.

      November 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Turn Over The Name

    Here is a way that Amazon could make amends: give the FBI the names of the perverts who purchased the book while it was available. That way those people can be monitored.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Yeah, because that's just. God people are stupid. Still no one discussing the correlations with Lolita and Swift? Uneducated morons... No wonder our society is f***ed

      November 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Daniel, looking at someone at saying; 'That person is a pedophile' is judging a book by its cover.

      When someone is holding a sign saying 'I am a pedophile' it is not.

      You are right , it is a sad day for literature...

      November 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Except holding up the said book doesn't by default make you a pedophile; it means your somone at least curious about the author's intent and perhaps curious about his pyschology

      November 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat Nanton

      Daniel, for someone who is claiming such higher intelligence could you tell us what "pyschology' (piscologee) is?

      November 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      No one said it did, but we do know this isn't a cook book. So do not suggest we need to read the thing from cover to cover to have a problem with it.

      Free speech is not infringed here, he wrote the book and he was free to do so. No one has to sell it or else be guilty of violating free speech.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Oh my god! Not a typo! NO!!!!!

      Arg... you got me... .... you win...

      November 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      "So do not suggest we need to read the thing from cover to cover to have a problem with it."

      No, but you have to read quite a bit of it before you should judge. I'm just tired of the irrational becoming the loudest voice these days.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    SICK FREAKS!!! I got a book for ya!!! LEAVE THE CHILDREN ALONE!!!!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Melissa

    As a parent I teach my children compassion and empathy and they get it, but how do you even begin to undo the emotional damage caused by an adult forcing themselves on them. This book even though this guy has a right to say how he wants to live his life, he IS encouraging this behavior and like a pp this book enables them and makes them feel empowered to fondle a child. Look at it from a Childs perspective, they are innocent and defenseless and then an adult is coming onto you it's scary, it FEELS WRONG. Why else would the author write how to not get caught, because it should NOT be happening in the first place. The people on here that are defending freedom of speech blah, blah, blah should check yourself, violence begets violence. It is a violent, damaging crime being encouraged through this book. God help us all.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. goldie finch

    My husband and I own a bookstore. Just because someone publishes something it does not mean we are obligated to carry it. We select our merchandise and thereby define our customer. If Amazon wants to appeal to the basest among us then selling that book is certainly a way to achieve that end. Their freedom of speech argument does not hold water.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. princess

    a hoax or a publicity stunt. a sting to catch pedophiles yeah right. then why is this man saying that penetration is not allowed but kissing and fondling a child is ok. what a pig. how do we know what kind of research he did for this book and i believe he should be investigated. i was molested as a child and it is not a good thing. there is no love or pleasure for the victim. i am apalled that this guy can get away with this. and as for making him famous i am not seeing him in a very good light right now. he will face his judgement as we all will.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kat Nanton

    Capey, hate to tell you this, but you sound as sick as the author of this garbage book. Anderson Cooper had the intro on CNN–it is sick, sick, sick!!! No one in their right mind would read the book after reading the introduction.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      And thank god none of the murderers saw the rest of Saw after THAT intro... now that was sick.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CynRoc

    Daniel, you sound like a pedophile. Why else would you defened this POS..

    November 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Read further up...

      and try not to be an ass

      November 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • lreilsel

      My thoughts exactly. Daniel sounds like the pedophile he probably is. No one else could make those types of specious arguments.

      November 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • kat

      i AGREE HE MUST BE JUST AS SICK

      November 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margie

      Mehtinks he doest protest too much. Daniel, are you a pedophile in need of instruction?

      November 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mimi

    To people who think this is a hoax or a joke, go to this link: http://community.babycenter.com/post/a25055799/amazon.com...please_read. It has some of this perv's comments before they were pulled from Amazon.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex

    I wonder what they are smoking in Amazon. Pedophilia ? In America ? I personally do not care at all but I do not get why would anyone WANT to do that ? It is not possible they are making more money by selling it than all kind of damage it causes.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Read further up...

      and don't be an ass

      November 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Oh, sorry Alex. That was directed towards CynRoc. Don't know why it ended up in yours.

      November 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    censorship in any form is a slippery sloap and has no place in a free society. While the act is criminal and disgusting, written books should not be banned as the sales of any controversial books may be a way for law enforcement to track criminals

    November 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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