November 10th, 2010
10:52 PM ET book defending pedophilia sparks boycott

A listing for 'The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure' is no longer on

[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 The title still appears in Kindle's Top 100 Paid Bestsellers at number 96, with 2,066 comments.

An e-book for sale on 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 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 does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts; we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions."

" 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 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 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. slavedriver

    How come the FBI isnt involved with this? I know TAX REVENUES! It will be a long time before I ever buy from Amazon again. Freedom of speech my backside. This is dollars over kids. Wrong and shameful.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mab

    Our country and it's people do not protect our children. We take them for granted and this is another example of what little value they have in our society. I understand the right to free speech but where will we draw our lines. I do hope this is a law enforcement sting...we could only wish to be so lucky to have this be fake.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat

    dont they sell the bible? the koran?

    November 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beth

    There are too many people here that simply say "If you don't want to buy the book, then don't" I feel it is more than just that. I'm all for free speech, as long as it is not a how-to book on how to victimize kids. ZACH- I don't think anyone is suggesting that this book would turn someone INTO a pedophile, who was not already inclined towards such things. But, rather, many people see it as a tool for someone to get away with it. I was the victim of a pedophile. If he were still alive, he may have been first in line for this book.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fred

    I love all these idiots that beleve in the principle over the reality. Yes, people have a right to sell this book, but reasonable people would not want to be in the business of selling it. It makes more sense to side with the 99.9% of people who find the sale of this book repugnant than with the 0.1% of ACLU wanna-bes and drones who argue to the death your right to sell it. Put me down for boycotting Amazon.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Damey

    Aaand a book that probably wouldn't have sold even a half dozen copies will now sell a ton thanks to all of the attention from people who are outraged by it and want the world to know how they feel.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MassiveMarbles

    Hey, they have books on the KKK, Devil worship, HATE, HOW to Kill, and Incest...Now you people speak UP??? I'm doing what you did when these other books came out, Looking the other way! See Ya.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CaptainObvious

    @Dave: Read much? I named 2 examples of know pedophiles. Those 2 known wackos have had many within the Hollywood community defend their behavior. There's no shortage of celebs coming to Michael Jackson's defense either. My suggestion was to take names and spend your money other places. I'm sorry it wasn't spelled out for ya.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tomcat

    For every piece of crap made there will be someone to buy it. Remember what Barnum said

    November 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nikki

    rofl – OK, Amazon is choosing the wrong time of the year to have this book in their sales rack... people that don't post here may well decide not to buy from them this holiday season... The noisy masses aren't the ones these retailers need to worry about...

    November 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Head Elf

      You're wrong. This is a "must read" for many a mall Santa.

      November 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. car98

    I believe Amazon will pull this book because it is the socially responsible thing to do. Just because someone has the freedom to believe whatever they choose in this country and the right to write about it doesn't mean it makes good business and social sense to publish it and sell it.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Roger B

    Pedophilia is just another Perversion like being GAY

    November 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlackMonday

      Skillful trolls are less obvious.

      November 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    Speaking of rights, Amazon had a right NOT to sell this book. Poor decision. Exactly where DO they draw the line? Or is there NO line with them.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LucyK

    While the KKK, Devil Worship, Sarah Palin might all be morally repugnant, they are not illegal in and of itself. Child molestation IS illegal in the United States.

    Freedom of speech does not protect illegal activities. Amazon does not necessarily have the right to publish (see Amazon's own self-publishing guidelines) or sell this book. See the Supreme Courts ruling in Brandenburg v. Ohio

    "The Brandenburg test – Merely teaching or advocating unpopular ideas must be distinguished from teaching or advocating the duty, necessity, or propriety of acting on those beliefs. The right to speak and organize cannot be abridged no matter if the group's message and purpose are repugnant to American values (such as KKK speech). In order for government to intervene, the speaker must subjectively intend incitement (imminent evil), use words which are likely to produce action (imminent action), and openly encourage or urge incitement (suggesting, for example, it's a duty to commit a crime). " (from

    November 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Harold Brookstone

    Did R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Roman Polanski, Osama Bin Laden, Jimmy Page, and Jerry Lee Louis write this book?

    November 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
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