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. Humbert

    i am a pedophile, and proud of it.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    It is unfortunate that when one thinks of a 'pedophile' that they instantly think of some old guy purposely trying to molest children. But what about those who don't? There are many people who fall under the term 'pedophile' but dont follow the social norm of stalking children. It's like the gay community yet we seem to be more stigmatized with pedophiles. I applaud this author for coming out and putting this out. He has a right of free speech and as long as he isn't advocating people to purposely molest, its perfectly fine.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin2

      Yea I don't distinguish between the two either.

      November 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name*Kelly Robinson

    Giving this book a sales outlet is aiding and abetting pure evil. Amazon's defense is ridiculous. This is not a free speech issue.. this is a corporation legitimizing the most vile of criminal acts. No matter how they attempt to spin it. Shame on you Jeff Bezos.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ronald mcloughlin

    CNN continues to censor my ideas. They are fascist pigs worse than Fox.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ronald mcloughlin

    see my facebook

    November 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Humbert

    To those spewing hatred towards pedophiles, I leave you this message. We are everyone, and we are no one, we are pervasive yet invisible. We are the crossing guard, teacher, counselor, neighbor, accountant, pediatrician, family friend. You can't save your children. One day you'll turn your back, and we'll be waiting.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOFko

      This is kind of creepy but possible true .... sad.

      November 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lana Gee

      luckily some children will be trained in the fine art of self defense, selfish sicko

      November 11, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sherri

    Well I just submitted an email to Amazon letting them know that my family will never ever purchase anything from their company again. I think this is the dumbest thing a corporation could do considering they promote themselves as a caring company. I guess they do not care enough in regards to children.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ME

    YOU PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS. its a fraud, its a joke...look at the book size. 34 kb? thats the size of a long letter. This is a hoax, most likely perpetrated by 4chan. I really wish you people would learn to think.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      also look at the pics people are uploading to the page...its a hoax. and you all swallowed it.

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

      Nice catch about the file size. The average person has no idea how big 34 KB is.

      November 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. the truth in yooooo

    nastay

    November 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sniffit

    What's next? Banning "Mein Kampfe" or Teatards running a campaign to ban books by Marx? It's a sh–y book with a sh–y premise and I thikn we can all agree we abhore it completely, totally and without caveat...so don't buy it. THAT is how you speak with your wallet. Speak out against it...that is how you fight abhorrent speech. But I question the EFFECTIVENESS of fighting this kind of speech by forcing it to be made secretively, because it will be made...oh yes...it WILL be made. Preferring not to be made aware of it via it publicatrion is kidding yourselves.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mistaskanless

    Real, hoax, whatever You call it... it is advertising filth. What if one of Your loved ones has been through this type of thing? CNN should not have brought this to anyone's attention.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SOFko

    Dont you think you guys overreact ! Now everybody knows this books exist. thanks to all of you and CNN.
    Besides, have you guys read what is inside, there is a demo u know? Some of the reviewer did read it and said there is nothing a pedophile would want to read.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mistaskanless

    How do You over-react to a pedophile?

    November 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. glen

    So let me get this straight, i cant buy an unedited godsmack cd at walmart because of profane language, but abusers and rapists of children can buy a book promoting their sick beliefs

    November 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Harry B

    My bet: This is all a hoax, or a sick joke on the part of the author. Has anyone actually read the book? And if it does imply what is stated, I stand firm on my bet – it's a sick joke/hoax/sabotage attempt. Just wait and see.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
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