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. P

    Capey
    Are you serious!! you are trying to compare growing a f***ing plant with molesting a child!! What the hell is wrong with you!!

    November 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kat Nanton

    I want to say "Thank You" to Anderson Cooper for bringing to light Amazon's peddling of pedophilia. I hope this results in a huge boycott of Amazon. I will NEVER give Amazon any business again.

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

    I absolutely agree with Anderson Cooper. How can someone who has his mind together can sit down and write such a disturbing book? I feel scared for all the children out there who must certainly feel even more threatened by this book.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nancy Ruat

    Really Amazon, providing instructions to pedophiles? You have lost my respect and my business. Shame on you....

    November 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marathongman

    Calling each other idiots is no way to have a discussion.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Unbelievabel

    All Daniel was trying to say is this: before voicing your opinion about something, you should know what you are voicing your opinion on. Think about it ... are you voicing YOUR opinion or are you regurgitating some one else's opinion. Be an informed advocate. I live overseas and did not see Anderson Cooper's show. My question is this: did HE read the book and was HE voicing his own opinion?

    November 12, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. dave

    No difference between peds and gays, they both tear at the fabric of our society. the moral majority should be more concerned with the spread of the gay lifestyle choice.

    November 12, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Get real dave. I would like to say there is not a difference between conservatives and Satan. But i know there is no Satan and its just not true.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. tkat

    Time for YOU to wake up AAmmeee, this liberal left nut job just cancelled her account with amazon. I may be a liberal but I am also a mother and a grandmother. I am outraged over this. And I promise you, I read further down than headlines.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      She is a liberal nut job because she canceled her account with Amazon? Glad we got back to calling people names.

      November 12, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ron

    Once we start censoring we might as well go down the list.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. nimsay

    I'd just say that out of me and my 3 sisters that 3 of us have been molested and "kissing and fondling" is more than enough to traumatize a child for life. I find this really really disturbing and sickening

    November 12, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. tensor

    Anyone think that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would want this perv Phillip R. Greaves II to live next door to his children, or would ask him to babysit them?

    November 12, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ms.G

    Yes, we have freedom of speech, but we also have laws in this land. Laws that are there for our protection, for our childrens protection. And Pedophilia is against the law!!!!Murder is against the law, raping someone, stealing.........the list goes on and on. I think it is horrible that someone would want ot feed their minds on this filith. What you read, look at and think about affect you. It may not make you turn into a pedophile, but how would reading such GARBAGE make you a better person, help your family, your community, this world. My opinion is that for people that write books like this is gives them an ego boost, makes them feel that society supports them. Which seems to be the case with this particular book since it is in the top 100! I will not support such sick minded people! That is my freedom of choice!

    November 12, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rick

    I'm a big defender of the first amendment, but ANY business has the right to not sell any item they would feel is morally subjective or not up to their policy or moral standards. So the reply from Amazon tells me where they stand on these type of issues. And if thats their stand (even though they took the book off their site) I will not shop with them again.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    Pedophilia is an attraction towards children. It's popular to say all pedophiles are child molesters but in reality most pedophiles are abstinent precisely because they don't want the kids that they care about to get hurt. Please see http://www.b4uact.org for more information.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    Pedophilia is an attraction towards children. It's popular to say all pedophiles are child molesters but in reality most pedophiles don't act precisely because they don't want the kids that they care about to get hurt. Please see http://www.b4uact.org for more information.

    November 12, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      This doesn't say it is not a neurological disorder and there are suggestions in this book and by the author himself that implies molestation. You are only a child molester if you actual molest a child just as you are only a murderer if you actually murder. So not all are molesters but they are the likely candidates for it.

      November 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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