November 11th, 2010
06:39 PM ET

'Pedophile's guide' pulled from Amazon.com

The controversial e-book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" has been pulled from Amazon.com, a spokesman for the online retailer confirmed Thursday.

The self-published title's appearance on Amazon.com led to a public uproar and calls for a boycott of the site. As of late Wednesday, more than 2,000 Amazon.com users had left comments on the listing, nearly all of them condemning the site for selling the title.

The e-book's author, Phillip R. Greaves II, said he published the controversial tome to address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media.

When asked about the controversy, Amazon.com spokesman Drew Herdener would not respond.

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  1. Evil

    CENSORSHIP!!!!!!! subject matter is terrible, but it's your choice.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • silk

      So you think it's ok for someone to write a book on how to kill another human being and then publish it, sell it to the public? Get real and use your common sense, censorship or not!

      November 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdyer

      I think it's good that Amazon decided not to sell this book. Let someone else do it, but I was not going to give them any more of my business if they did.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Persephone104

      It may be censorship in your eyes but to mine, the site is a private company and therefore they can decide what they wish to sell. Kinda like the no shirt/no shoes/no service rule for restaurants. It can't even be discrimination as the topic in question is illegal.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      "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."

      For once, the FBI is working with brains! http://bit.ly/relaxfolks

      November 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • troublemkr

      Do you think Amazon will sell my book, How to track down and kill Amazon execs? Maybe we can include their information because it's okay as long as you don't use it in a malicious way... LOL

      November 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Freedom of the press, no matter how vile and disgusting.
      Freedom of speach, no matter how vile and disgusting.
      Don't like it? Don't read.
      Want to learn how to kill a human? Watch Tv. Play a video game.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian

      "So you think it's ok for someone to write a book on how to kill another human being and then publish it, sell it to the public? Get real and use your common sense, censorship or not!"

      Are you serious? Ever heard of the art of war, or any other series of books on military strategy or martial technique?

      November 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlin

      @ybs-LOL, that's exactly what came to my mind when i saw the article. Anyone who buys that book should just assume their name has gone on a list somewhere.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rafaelreynal

      Its a crime, plain and simple. Besides being a awful, morally wrong thing to do to innocent human beings. The whole thing stinks. We can't compromise on this. Its wrong.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mei

      It isn't censorship. Pedophilia is a criminal activity, not to mention immoral and very demented. Even if pedophile was done in history by pagans, it doesn't make it right. They ruined those childrens lives forever with their sick, perverse behaviors. It was right for Amazon to pull the book. So many children are ruined physically and mentally by people who abuse them.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SecrtSqurl

      Amazon had a choice to sell it.
      People had a choice to let Amazon know that they would boycott.
      Amazon chose to kick the pervert to the curb.
      I'm still not going to buy anything from Amazon..... by choice....

      November 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jezzmn

      Indeed.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kyactivist

      When you say censorship, you're making it sound like a 1st Amendment violation, which pertains to the govt. not being able to encroach on your speech. But Amazon did the capitalist thing, and pulled a product that would not be popular with cusotmers

      November 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @silk
      LOL!! There are book about killing people....there's books about how to make bizzzombs too. The guy who wrote it is insane, but he has now put a red target on his back....and people aren't going to buy it. I think people are just afraid of how many copys it might sell. Its a dud book, but the fear is irrational.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrWilliam

      Wow... Another "how too" book. Just what we need.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • YouAreWrong

      Free speech? WRONG – one cannot yell "FIRE" in a crowded movie theater.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Some things ought to be censored.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      @Silk, actually there was a book that was made and published that specifically instructed someone how to murder a person. Surprisingly enough, it went supreme court and won it's case, saying that it was considered freedom of speech and art. I don't recall the case, but it was the first thing we learned about in my Business Law class when we got the topic of censorship. Though I think this kind of book is repulsive, this is the same case.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • glassactly

      Lame excuse for peddling trash.
      We are all responsible for protecting innocent children from exploitation of any kind. There is no choice. If you condone such behavior & materials, you are perpetuating the offence.
      Stop enabling perverts.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • professorekks

      that's not censorship. they chose not to sell something they thought was an unprofitable.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mattmchugh

      Censorship? No, it isn't. Private companies cannot censor content. They can only decline to distribute it. Anyway you choose to view it, Amazon has every right to not sell a book. Anyone who says otherwise understands nothing about U.S. law.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roger Blatto

    Might as well pull the Quran while you're at it. Islamic history recounts that Muhammad took a young six year old girl to be his wife after his previous wife died. The reason she was young was to guarantee she was a virgin, which would make this a divine marriage. He waited until she was 9 (some texts say 10) before the ceremony took place and he consumated the marriage. Why do we allow this crap as well?

    November 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Blatto

      Oh, and his very young wife's name was Aisha in case you look it up using google, ...

      November 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Ledge

      Where does the Quran or Islam come in to Play here?? I mean how random, LOL!!!! Must we attack Islam every chance we get!??!!? This is getting ridiculous!!!!!

      November 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      It was either that or blame Obama, isn't that how it always goes?

      November 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • little red hen

      Of course not! Even now, just a few weeks after the People tossed the U.S. House of Repesentatives for failing to Represent those who sent them there, EVERYTHING ( from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina is STILL Bush's fault!

      November 12, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • vonStemwede

      Yes!! We must! The world needs to see it for the sick joke that it is.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • MasochistKnows

      I agree, just as the Jews I always hear are potrayed the same way in the media. Religion is in general always acting warlike and that is one reason why I turned away from it.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      that was like 1500 years ago! get over it.
      be more concerned about people who are currently alive!

      November 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Severiano

      I appreciate this atuste explanation on WHY this practice is being done, though it's certainly no ethical step up from the theory Louis suggested. It's still a spam tactic, albeit a better one for getting many people's notice each time rather than just one. But yeah, the Twitter gods invented the Block feature to deal with API annoyances like these. Thanks for the info!

      April 22, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger Blatto

      1500 years ago? 1.5 Billion people on this Earth treat that pedophile like he is some kind of a god. Draw a picture of him and you get a death threat. More than relevant to today in my opinion.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • vonStemwede

      Yep!

      November 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Ledge

      Muslims are not to draw images of Animals or Humans period! Look it up! Its just as offensive for Muslims to see pictures of Abraham (saw), Moses (saw), or Jesus(saw)!!!!!!! If Muslims yelled that they were sick of seeing statutes of a bleeding man on a cross that is allegedly Jesus (peace be upon him) this would be seen as "an attack on "Christianity."

      November 12, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      well if you want to go there, the bible's not any better. And "religion" is the Amazon.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigmart

      lots of nasty stuff in that other popular holy book should proably ban that one while they are it. We will all be better off.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • people

      Educate yourself before you comment mr blatto. First its unrelated to the article, and it sounds like you read alot of crap online blogs and posts. have you read the quran? send me one name of a credible author or historian that has written something so ignorant about the prophet mohamad. I bet you'll find none. keep reading online blogs, i am sure you'll get stupider.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Ledge

      Amen! Ameen! Seems like these people are on every blog on the internet, lOL! I was on the Homer Simpson Blog, and some guy took it upon himself to bash Islam, lol!!! I dont know the corrlation, lol!!!

      November 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Blatto

      Afshar, Haleh, Democracy and Islam, Hansard Society, 2006.
      Barlas, Asma, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an, pp. 125–6, University of Texas Press, 2002, ISBN 0292709048.
      Guillaume, A., The Life of Muhammad, Oxford University Press, 1955
      Rodinson, Maxime, Muhammad, 1980 Random House reprint of English translation
      Spellberg, D.A., Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: the Legacy of A'isha bint Abi Bakr, Columbia University Press, 1994
      Aisha bint Abi Bakr, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, Oxford University Press, 2000
      Rizvi, Syed Saeed Akhtar, The Life of Muhammad The Prophet, Darul Tabligh North America, 1971.
      Askri,Mortaza, 'Role of Ayesha in the History of Islam' (Translation), Ansarian publication, Iran

      November 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person

      Alright dude for real back in his day it was normal for men to have pedophile relationships. He was no different from many other guys in his time.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • masterofmeander

      Yes. Well done.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Ledge

      Were these books written by Muslims scholars or just "people that read some books", LOL

      November 11, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald

      ROGER BLATTO you are absolutely pathetic. You use half-truths to support a weak argument that Muhammad was a pedophile. First of all, would you defend Issac, the Jewish Patriarch, who married Rebakkah when she was only 10 years old? What about fact that as little as 100 years ago, not 1400 years ago, laws in the USA, allowed girls as young as 8 to get married in Delaware and as young as 10 in California with parental consent, to get married? Don't believe go look up the age of consent in google. Even today, in Christian Spain, girls may marry as young as 12 with parental consent. Lastly, when Muhammad was the most powerful man in Arabia in his last years of his life, he could have married any young women he wanted but didn't even after he was offered a woman as young as Aisha and why did he wait until Aisha got her period to consummate the marriage? Obviously, because that was custom of the time to wait until a girl reaches the first sign of maturity. The hypocrisy of your argument is soo evident, that you say the standards of Muhammad time considered him a pedophile, when even his worst enemies, who criticized his mulitple marriages, didn't criticize his marriage to the 9 year old Aisha until the last 50 years.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • vonStemwede

      Thank you.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Meistro

    What about Mein Kampf? This book wasn't used to justify the killing of 11,000,000 people! Why does it have a 4 out of 5 star rating on AMAZON?

    November 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MS

      Mein Kampf has a legitimate historical use. People who wish to research Hitler would need to read Mein Kempf as a guide to how Hitler saw things.

      November 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bucks12965

      MS is correct. It's important we try to understand people like Hitler, so that we don't allow something like that to happen again. I tried to read the book. Hitler was a terrible writer. I only read about a third of it before I was so bored I couldn't go on.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen DeVoy

      I read Mein Kampf. Hitler played an important role in our history. His book should be required reading in High School. What I learned by reading his book is that the worst evil can be done by the most ordinary of men. Sometime after reading his book, I threw it in the fireplace and burned it in honor of the many thousands of books Hitler and his fascist pigs burned.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Beijing China

    Sighhhh i guess all the white males in the world aged 21-67 will have to go back to reading Adobe E-Books LOL

    November 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnQPublic

      Oh what a shame!!!!!!!! Pity the poor males between 21-67 that cannot read this pedophilia how-to! Boo hoo!

      November 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oily

      Everyone acts as though seeing the cover of the book turns people into pedophiles.

      So to save their precious amazon.com from hell, those facebook idiots gave the e-book more visibility than it ever would have received.

      Way to go.....

      November 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Beijing China

      Oily did you get that name from getting your rear end lubricated by a pedohpile? LOLOLOLOL

      November 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jezzmn

      LMAO! GO CHINA!!!!

      November 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anp2j@mtsu.edu

    Mary was abt 13 when she married Joseph...#imjustsaying

    November 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluto

      and how do you know that? were you there?

      November 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Blatto

      The legal age to get married in Canada is 16 though you could get married at 14 if you have the permission of your parents. The reason for this is that the laws are a hold over from the agriculture based society whereby women married earlier, ... In Israel, a boy is viewed as a man at 13 or a woman at the age of 12. But as many know, there is a big difference between being 12 and being 9 when consumating a marriage. That is why Muhammad was a sick pedophile in my mind, even by his own cultural standards which were not that different from the local jews at the time.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • wh4t

      Many years ago the average lifespan was much less than it is now so they married younger. Now lifespan has increased so people need to get a good education before they get married so the children can benefit from their experiences.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Ledge

      Whos Joseph?? Anyway "in Your Mind" is correct!!! 🙂

      November 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Colleen

    The power of the American consumer vs Amazon. Way to go, American consumers!

    November 11, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • professorekks

      this is true. no need to censor- just speak up.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wastedyrs

    "The e-book's author, Phillip R. Greaves II, said he published the controversial tome to address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media."

    For anyone that thinks pedophiles are "sick" or "wrong", or "evil", etc. you will eventually be labled as the sick one with the phobia.
    Oh but that's insane. That will never happen, right?

    November 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • vonStemwede

      Exactly! It's the slippery slope we were warned about that everyone said would never come. I'm sure they'll accuse you of being reactionary.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Odd

    It's commical to thinks that pedophiles need a manual – all they need is an opportunity.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wayne

    Why pull it from Amazon? Since it undoubtedly promotes a criminal act, have the justice department subpoena the order list to investigate the buyers of that crap!

    November 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      This is one posting that makes sense. All others have idiots who have nothing but hate in their heart.

      November 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      That's going down a very slippery slope. If the government can demand a list of all the people who purchased that book, they could demand a list of all the people who purchased any book. That would be one giant step towards becoming a police state. Pretty soon we would have ordinary people under surveillance for purchasing a book critical of a politician or official.

      For all the fuss people are making of this book, I don't really get the big deal. How many people will read it and then suddenly decide to become pedophiles? It's a BOOK, yes, a vile book, but still just a book, an inanimate object.

      All this hoopla has given it immense exposure worldwide, and I guarantee that what would have otherwise faded into oblivion quickly will now be circulating around the internet for years to come.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jon Wood

    You guyes are crazy. I understand everyone has rights to write and say what they want, but look at the subject. A guide to ped. Think about it, think about the children

    November 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • SkippyS

      "Think about it, think about the children"

      Wow... A non-ironic use of "Think of Children!" I never thought I'd see the day.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brooke

    So, Amazon and the author got what they wanted: free publicity, website hits, and downloads.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Um

    It's a business making a decision as to what it wants to offer for sale. I believe they retain that right and are in no way blocking the author's right to sell his book elsewhere. If I open my own bookstore, I can choose what books I offer for sale, and so can Amazon. They're in it for the money and have a vested interest in doing things that retain the broadest range of customers possible. Amazon is not a public, state-run library.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lissa

    I am astounded that commentors here are defending this piece of depravity. This isn't history ("Mein Kampf") or religious stories (the Quran [!]) but a very big problem in today's society. Pedophiles are criminals, not people with "urges"...and should be treated as such!!

    November 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Oily

    Everyone acts as though seeing the cover of the book turns people into pedophiles.

    So to save their precious amazon.com from hell, those facebook idiots gave the e-book more visibility than it ever would have received.

    Way to go..... fools.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Beijing China

      Oily did you get that name from getting your rear end lubricated by a pedohpile? LOLOLOLOL

      November 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playgurl89

      haaaaaaahahhahaha that was a good one Mr. Beijing China lol.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    How I can apply for a reimbursement?

    November 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
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