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. lungarno

    Maybe, if we not buy any books on Amazon (make boicot) we don't stop pedophilia but it can help. So there are other news sites around the world (goodnberg.com, popbooks.org,...)were people write ebooks on-line between several writers on differents countries, you can see online like is writing, and if you may have some interest in the book subject and when his book will be ended on the library you could read it with fully security that not exist books like this pedophilic book in Amazon.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHRIKE

      conjunction junction what's your function?

      November 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHRIKE

      Hooking up words and phrases and clauses.

      November 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Monty Miller

    Get with it Amazon. It's tie to fire the content manager and VP, the marketing director and anyone else who saw this book and allowed it to be sold. This book is promoting criminal activity against children. Forget the Kindle, buy an iPad!

    November 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cregis

    I love Amazon.com and hate censorship as well as pedophiles. This is going to force me to buy something at Amazon today.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Scary the thing made the top 100 list. Are there that many sickos out there? As far as freedom of speech, the creep who wrote the book can go sell it himself on the corner. Amazon is concerned about making money, not rights. They did the right thing if for no better reason than their bottom line.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    Well, we pretty much know that the CEO of Amazon likes children and not in a good way! By the way this country does limit speech and if you don't think so try saying you want to kill the President of a CEO of a large company or try yelling fire in a crowd. Think the government will come after you if you say terrorism is ok! Try telling your wife you like to touch children.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      What the h3ll are you babbling about? Try telling your wife you like to touch children? I guess that didn't go so well, huh?

      yelling fire in a crowd? This is your example of free speech infringement?

      Choosing not to carry a book for sale is not infringing in free speech, it is barely considered censorship. Pedophiles have every opportunity to spew their disgusting views. Guess you haven't heard of NAMBLA

      November 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Maria

    I just think that everyone is Sick! and the Media should ever even tell anything about this book- it shouldn't bring up any mentioned book because only causes curiosity of people who are sick and disgusting! You have to admit this is a very sad world and the media should bring only good news!! STOP all this right now! Don't advertise things like this...

    November 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. UTLonghorne

    i think they should have keept the book for sale for 30 more days and than gave the FBI the name of all the buyers.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. martian

    Walmart is now also offering free shipping

    November 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. timd

    I wonder if they'll let me publish my guide to disguising bombs as printer ink cartridges book I'm working on.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robrob

    "unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media"

    Portrayals of them as the criminals they are?

    "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.

    Doesn't matter what you "think" all of what you described are *crimes*

    November 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kelli

    Free speech is a right, but I also have the right to choose where I buy things. If Amazon is selling things that I don't agree with, it is my responsibility and right to buy things from a company that shares my values.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CaptainObvious

    I'm wondering why authors or artists can't be charged with conspiracy to commit " enter crime here "? Back in the day Master P had a song that instructed the listener on HOW TO make crack cocaine. Why not charge these HOW TO authors or artists with conspiracy for their respective crimes? I read a good point that if someone makes a book about HOW TO kill the president or a member of congress then they would most likely be arrested and charged. Is the president above children now? I find it perfectly reasonable to arrest those who instruct others on how to harm someone.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capt. Obvious

      The problem with this becomes when does 'how to' become illegal? There are 'how to' books out there how to stage a peaceful protest and what to do and how to act if one is arrested during a demonstration or how to proceed if arrested or charged with civil disobedience. These books condone an activity which can get you arrested. However, peaceful protest and civil disobedience are the backbone of many major social movements. Does this mean authors should be prosecuted for every arrest made for civil disobediance at a 'save darfur' rally?
      Furthermore, in the everincreasing big-brother state, should 'how to' books be censored to make sure they are free from 'how to undermine authority' 'how to express disapproval with one's government' These are the kinds of first amendment issues which must be preserved.
      The cross we must die on is freedom of speech. WIthout the freedom to express ourselves, all others swiftly die as well.
      Preservation of the distasteful and obscene is the mark of a people who understand that freedom of speech and expression is not reserved for conservative, liberal, religious, atheist, victim or perpetrator it is for anyone who sets foot on our soil.

      November 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SciGuy

      My Organic Chemistry book gives a much more detailed "how to" than Master P. It even goes so far as to tell how to reconvert it back to pure cocaine. So I guess the pile of "how to" books burn is getting bigger...

      November 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PhoenixPyra

    As someone who is now dealing with a child who was molested but not penetrated, I can say that just "kissing and fondling" DOES hurt the child. My angel has forever lost her innocence and is now dealing with anger and self esteem issues. Counseling will help her but it will never give her back her innocence and trust.

    One could not publish a book on how to assassinate the President, one could not publish a book about how to rob a bank without getting caught. You cannot promote, condone and encourage criminal behavior. Free speech is not about saying whatever you want. You are not allowed to libel or slander anyone without being prosecuted. You cannot yell "Fire" in a theater when there is no fire and cause panic. You cannot incite riots. There are limits on free speech – more specifically, free speech as long as there is no harm. This book will cause harm.

    This is not a right vs. left issue. This is a right vs. wrong issue. Pedophilia is wrong. Period.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    Daniel seems to have an irrational overconfidence in the rationality of his own mind. At least I don't find his comments to be particularly enlightened by rational thought superior to any of the other discussants.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hemlock3630

    All you who are defending the publication of this book under the right of Free Speech: Go back and re-read the first amendment. It ONLY has to do with the GOVERNMENT infringing on your free speech rights......business can do limit whatever speech they want.

    And as to Free Enterprise, where is that codified in the laws of our land? Nowhere......yes Amazon can sell whatever they want, but they can't sell something that would be considered illegal. And I'm sure a 'how to' manual would be considered illegal. If it's not, where's my 'how to' manual to get rid of my boss?

    November 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
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