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. cabo wabo

    wth? a book about how to be a more accceptable pedophile? how not to hurt the kids so much? the author should be killed and amazon are a bunch of morons.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom_of_3

      OMG! THANK YOU!!!!!! Finally Somebody who has some sense! ***APPLAUDING***.

      November 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      The book was obviously written with the clergy in mind. It should therefore be considered a religious book.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Adam

    Kiwi, using your reasoning the bible could be considered obscene material. I would rather my child read a book about how to use drugs, then read and be brain washed by the bible.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom_of_3

      I agree....well except the part about the drugs. I def give my kids great books to read (science,social studies),you know books that feed their brain. I won't let my kids be brain-washed by the bible either.

      November 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sister Carol

      @Adam, if you would rather your beloved child got hooked on drugs rather than the Love of God, then you really are a Twisted F•€K ! ! ! Your kid dosent stand a chance, and when he/she/it fails in life, you will have your own selfish self to blame...... However, I'm sure you will deny it to your bitter end. Sad, oh so sad.

      November 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom_of_3

      Holy Cow!!!! Sister Carol are you cursing???? Now that isn't very "God like" now is it??? Nor is it very lady like.

      November 10, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minidow

      ah, I love the internet. only place you can compare the bible to a how-to-pedo book and not get attacked by an angry mob, just one random poster

      November 11, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wes

    Such material surely tests a person's support the right to publish.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark Duncan

    Amazon has the right to sell this. The author has the right to write it. I have the right to tell Amazon to take a hike.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mastersam2000

    I am a patient Internet shopper and i testify to the fact that Amazon is a deceiving outfit i never bought any thing from them because i can spot their gimmicks a mile away, and this issue with the pedophilia book guarantees that i never will even if they back down from selling this book,one more unscrupulous corporation that came to light.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sister Carol

    Hoax or not...... you just heard from a few Pedophiles...... And they feel they deserve THEIR RIGHTS JUST LIKE STRAIGHTS AND GAYS. And any one who stands in the way of their rights will be descriminated agaist and called every name in the book. Haahaaahaaaaaa !!! That's what you get for being LIBERAL, AMERICA !!!!!

    November 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob A

      Right sister, if we were all right wing conservatives, certainly child molesters would be wiped off the face of the Earth. Those damn liberals and their sick followers..

      November 10, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sister Carol

      To all those who Blast the Bible yet accept the fact tha not ALL MUSLIMS are Radical Extremists, did it ever occure to your PEA BRAINS that, like MODERATE, PEACE LOVING MUSLUMS, PEOPLE OF FAITH CAN WORSHIP THEIR GOD AND BE KIND LOVING COMPASHIONATE PEOPLE WHO TRY THEIR BEST TO LIVE THE LIFE THE WAY THEY BELIEVE IS TRUE?? You think you have the right to lump all Christians together and judge them all by the actions of the EXTREMISTS??!! I'd say we have some HIPOCRATES here..... Or are you gonna bust on ALL FAITHS EQUALLY? I DARE ONE OF YOU TO SLAM MUSLIMS LIKE YOU DO CHRISTIANS.... YOU DONT HAVE THE BALLS, BECAUSE YOU ARE COWARDS. For 90% of people of Faith..... ANY FAITH... By and large are good people. You just hate use. Grow a spine and F'ing admit it! Let's hear you bust on Allah, you COWARDS!! Let's hear it, SMART GUYS AND GALS. Put that in your BLUNT and Smoke it.

      November 10, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom_of_3

      @Satan...I mean Sister Carol...You talk about hypocrites here as if you aren't one yourself. YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF HYPOCRITES WOMAN. BTW wash out your mouth....it's dirty. I've never heard a woman of such strong faith talk with such a filthy mouth. ***The power of Christ must compel you!*** Step back people....Satan is going to come out of her mouth again.

      November 10, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon Polhamus

      Hrrmm well Firstly for all the other Readers...sister Carol is referred to as a "Troll" if you dont know what that is...go wiki 'forum troll'

      Secondly let us not forget who the favorite public figure of late is as far as child molesters goes......thats right "sister" – priests. Following that straight, married WHITE men. yes there we go again, more stereotype breakers.

      The truth is people are sick – and politics has little to do with true depravity. The sick thing is when individuals like yourselof try to redirect from the issue at hand as a way of saying "im right". You want to make a difference sister carol – take a page from my book

      go WORK with victimized children, work at crisis prevention centers – take up sociology/pyschology and study the effects – lobby for more research either at the criminal identification end or identifying at risk individuals. There are numerous PROGRESSIVE – non reactionary ways to get involved – dont spout inflammetory nonsense

      ACTIONS NOT WORDS – COWARD

      November 10, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Casey

    Apparently Amazon has already taken it down.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy Halleran @BeyondCreatives

      It's not down & it's still on the Top 100 list at 11pm CST

      November 11, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Sister Satan-Troll

      @Simon Polehammer.
      "Mr. Fancy Colonol sez... Loose some weight...well LISTEN UP, City Gem...... I ATE A BABY !!! Baby, it's what's for Dinner, BABY..... the "Other, OTHER white Meat.......". I want me baby back baby back.... Ribs..

      November 11, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Heidi

    This sick, greedy sociopath defends this garbage on the following news video: http://www.newsfirst5.com/player/?video_id=4850

    November 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      I think he's kind of cute. Of course, I'm way to old for him. It would never work out.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Judy

    Little by little we are loosing our morals, our prioritys, our values, so gradually we hardly notice. Anything to make a buck. What's next "The Parents Guide to Loving Incest"? Sorry Amazon, you have lost me as a customer. Just don't need to see this kind of crap published and advertised and yes, I can ignore lthe book. But I can't ignore the people who condone it. So once again, Good Bye Amazon.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cynthia

    Mike M and Sbblair thank u for posting -and btw Mike, I will take a few copies

    November 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kaydeybee

    amazon will pull the book when they have sold enough kindles. Then customers happy, author rich, amazon richer. Marketing 1 o 1

    November 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. My road to everywhere.

    wow... this is BAD ... and very bad publicity for Amazon.com however.... u know what they say even negative publicity is better then no publicity ... seriously amazon get right of the book. I understand freedom of speech and rights n all that but still. This is just WRONG!

    November 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Guy

    You're all a bunch of idiots. Lolita is considered a classic, and a great movie (have neither read the book nor watched the movie, so these are not my opinions). Get over yourselves.

    I think everyone here is upset about the book because they're all a bunch of closet pedophiles. Kind of like how gay Republicans are more anti-gay than their straight counterparts.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heidi

      That hypothesis is an EPIC FAIL. Some of us are simply outraged because we had to suffer at the hands of pedophiles. Imagine if your very first memory was that of a disgusting pedophile hovering over and pawing at you... imagine that I've had to live my entire life knowing that the first memory I can recall is that sick, soul-tearing experience?

      November 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom_of_3

      Yup yup! They are in the closet! LOL! I do wish that the book would be done away with though. I support gay/lesbian 100%,but molesters are waaaay out of that catagory. There are men/women who do this to kids & it does need to stop.It's wrong in sooo many ways. Poor kids.

      November 10, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom_of_3

      @Heidi...I feel your pain.I sooo feel your pain.But you what??? WE ARE SURVIVORS! Don't let that past memory run your future. Be strong.

      November 10, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guy

      @Hedi:
      So ban everything that people are traumatized by? I guess we can't have war movies and books since soldiers are traumatized by it. I guess we can't have books where a character's mom dies, because some of us lost our moms when we were kids.

      November 10, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heidi

      @ Guy - I never said anything about bans - I'm supporting our right to boycott a company.

      November 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Lolita is a fictional work, not an instruction manual like this piece.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nick

    I'm lol'ing at how passionate people are getting over this dumb little issue. It's just a book!

    November 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jace

      Yea, it's just a book. It's the guy's defense of pedophiles that unnerves me. Watch his interview. If you aren't a pedophile, you'll cringe at what he says.

      November 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      Yeah a book on how to molest a child! If one of your children were molested because of this book I think you would be singing a different tune! Dumba$$!

      November 11, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kathleen

    There is freedom of the press but there is also a moral and legal accountability. Amazon.com says it doesnt sell books that promote illegal actions, and this book does just that. I just hope that others dont go out and buy the book to burn,the author and Amazon.com dont care who buys the books as long as they are bought, so lets not make this pervert and Amazon.com any more money! Maybe if they see that there customers are outraged over this they will change their policies and admit they were wrong and wronged the children of this world that will be harmed because such a book exist!

    November 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minidow

      isn't it a DIGITAL book? burning would be kinda hard, unless you burn it to a CD, geekin' it up

      November 11, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
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