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. MeMeMeMimi

    I'm going to throw up!

    November 11, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. keith

    The whole "free speech" concept was never meant to defend anything like this.
    The safety of children far outweighs the claim of free speech.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Denver Morgan

      I have to agree im a firm believer in free speech but it was never meant to cover criminal acts or
      the promoting of them.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric P

      You are making an ASSUMPTION that this book is promoting criminal behavior. You haven't even read it!

      November 11, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sister Satan-Troll

    @ UnderSight...I mean... Oversight: you are talking about your self also.... Or do you expect us to believe you'd sit calmly by, if you had an innocent child you are responsible for? I guess Loving Parents should just "Go with it". It's just a book, right?? Ah yes, Adult Humans are SO in control....... I know what would change your mind...... Having YOUR child's life turned upside down, and see them carry the crime they endured throught their entire life, just so one of our citizens can get themselves off!! Wouldya like that ?? Oh, but WE ARE BAD AND IGNORANT VIGILANTIES ??? You need some love from MY Love gun, because people like you are enabling freaks like the Author of that Book. Maybe you better think some more. Have a nice day.......

    November 11, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Denver Morgan

    This has to be the sickest thing i ever heard when i think man kind has reached the bottom they suprise me again
    and go even lower the writer of this book needs to be in the physcho ward.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew Page

    It's not censorship by refusing to sell it, there are other outlets for this pervert's work(unfortunately) but if Amazon wants to whine 'free speech!' then I'll speak freely with my wallet and take my business elsewhere while this book is on their shelf.

    Oh, Walmart just announced the availability of free shipping.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Erica

    This really made me mad that they would even offer this trash for sale on their website. Children are damaged for life after being molested by these monsters. Whoever took that order and put it up for sale should be fired.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric P

      See, I don't have the same problem you do because I have a brain. I would love to read this book and make up my own mind. Is it trash? I don't know, I'd love to find out. But that's the difference between someone like me and you, I guess. I have intellectual curiosity.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. jd

    Boycot a huge company like amazon?As sick as it is our little moral outrage will in no way affect their sales:-(

    November 11, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric P

    Free speech is OK when it reinforces views that most people can agree with, but publishing an e-book that, say, proposes a code of conduct for pedophiles, is outrageous and should be banned? Interesting. I often wonder how absolutely WONDERFUL life would be if this world was not inhabited by moralists. They are more reprehensible to me than pedophiles, to be perfectly honest. How many self help books that promote traditional moral values are sold in relation to books like the one being challenged here? Why is THAT ok? Morals are socially engineered, nothing more. It astounds me that the people who oppose this stuff actually believe that the rest of us would read this book and, in turn, begin molesting children.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric P

      By the way. My bet is that 0% of all the people expressing disgust over this e-book offering have even read it. So much for not judging a book by its cover... Idiots.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. J P

    Love Amazon...will continue to love Amazon...I do not love this book, I'm glad Amazon removed it. Choices and opinions, it's what makes the world go 'round!

    November 11, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. A Dad

    If it's part of a sting operation, I say leave it there and track anyone who buys it. If you don't like it, DON'T BUY IT! But if it helps catch creeps, let the Feds do their jobs. Stop being such a mindless liberal and instead of worrying what books are out there, start keeping an eye on your kids.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      As good a plan as this sounds. I cannot tell you how many laws that would infringe. Besides you are not going to convict anyone of anything if you targeted them after buying a book.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. W. Welker

    Hold up. Try to keep freedom in this country. Exercise your rights. Do not boycott Amazon. Amazon did not do anything wrong. Boycott the BOOK. Don't BUY the book. AND anyone who buys the book needs to sign for it. Show appropriate ID and sign their name. Interesting to see how many sales would happen then.

    November 11, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Yoda

    If ever there was a book that needed to be burned

    November 11, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • diane

      I don't think acting like Hitler will solve any problems. Don't buy the book. Let all this die down so the idiot that wrote it won't get money from other souces.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      What is wrong with you people nowadays? Stop comparing people to Hitler. Did we completely forget who Hitler really was????? So I made a slightly sarcastic comment about book burning, that makes me Hitler??? Unbelievable , I think you need to read a book about the Holocaust and quit throwing the word Hitler around.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. WVlady63

    Okay America, lets all ban together and boycott Amazon!!!! ANY organization that would sell books like this DOES NOT deserve our business!!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      The outrage would be better directed if we boycott or protested against the Publishing Company.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Heidi

      Chances are, Amazon IS the publisher through their CreateSpace self-publishing service.

      November 11, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. diane

    While I think this book is a disgrace, I do feel that Amazon.com is doing the right thing. A person can choose to not to buy it. All this attention is probably what the author wanted all along. How much money will he make appearing on talk shows now that he is famous. Pedophiles don't need a handbook they are experts at what they do.

    November 11, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fernando Silva

    I am for it, boycott it is, I have purchased from Amazon over 5,000 dollars in the last 1-1/2 years, and I will not purchase anything from Amazon these holidays. Let the pedophiles keep this site running.

    November 11, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
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