November 11th, 2010
06:39 PM ET

'Pedophile's guide' pulled from

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

The self-published title's appearance on led to a public uproar and calls for a boycott of the site. As of late Wednesday, more than 2,000 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, spokesman Drew Herdener would not respond.


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  1. Jacob

    Makes me wonder, how did anyone find this book in the first place? You'd almost think, maybe, they were looking for it...

    November 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. william

    Screw all of your religions too. i especially hate it when people use religion as a scapegoat. and i especially hate it when retarded people such as yourselfs read the bible or whatever once or twice and youre suddenly a theology scholar

    November 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Ledge


      November 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steve.steve

    The lesser of two evils. Pedophilia is bad. Censorship is bad. Which one is badder?

    November 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. all41

    Its disgusting...PERIOD! All of the pedo's should be shot..square in the face...Save tax payers money while protecting our children..the theres an idea for a book!!

    November 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg

    It's a disgusting and horrible topic to be sure. Very tasteless. But it does bring to light an interesting point: how far does freedom of speech protection extend? The answer is when is when it deliberately and intentionally puts the public in direct harm. Does this book do that? I don't know: if you don't buy it , it won't- but if your neighbor does; it may. I'm glad it was pulled- but I'm not sure it was fair under free speech protection.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ReyJ7

    99% of these comments are posted out of pure hatred that has nothing to do with this disgusting book, all this is is a company choosing not to sell this sick and poor excuse of a book, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with religion

    November 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reynardine Greencastle

    There is some value in knowing how pedophiles think, just as there is some value in knowing how insatiate bigots think (e.g., The Turner Diaries) or even intending genocides think (Mein Kampf). Drawing the line between forensic value and incitement to crime is legally and morally ticklish, but on the part of a private reader, buyer, or adult researcher, the weight of the argument must be on the side of access to information. The odious of this world have access to this "information" on websites in any case, and our penitentiaries are schools of crime. No, I wouldn't put this thing where young children could get it, but reading it ourselves might better enable us to warn these same children what to be wary of. As someone who has dealt with victims of these predators... yes, I'd like to know how the predators justify themselves to themselves.
    Aisha is not a legitimate part of this discussion, but though she may have been betrothed while a child, she actually married at fourteen, a not uncommon practice in the American South in even the mid-Twentieth Century. So let us drop that as irrelevant.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Good Company

    Want to buy discounted books from a reputable company? Shop at

    November 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name*Abia The Cat

    Kinda makes you wonder about a few of the adults over at Amazon.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. j

    Such deeply emotional topics such as this draw the ire of a faceless population that use this and other forms of media to spread ideas of distrust, hate and disgust that on the surface may have no merit, but may still have meaning. Take the time to read what people post before reacting and take the time to realize that we make the decisions as to what we believe to be right and wrong, not the corporations.

    If it's called common sense.....why is it so rare.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jezzmn

    Here goes the rest of what was left of the first amendment. Censorship in the USA? Wow. Thanks a lot for making big stink CNN. Now we totally look like China! It doesn't matter what is in the book, it is how we as society are. And this is a major FAIL!

    November 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. omg

    What iam wondering is how many people got this book as suggestive reading from amazon

    November 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in Nebraska

      LOL. Major LOL.

      November 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kset

    Maybe amazon should also sell books on how to be a drug dealer? Pimp? Or how to make drugs? All illegal activities in this country. We need to protect our children who can't protect ourselves. Pedophilia is a sickness and they need professional help. I am not of the mindset that they are wrongly portrayed in the media. They are sick people who need help. A how to book doesn't help anyone, especially the defenseless (children). I will never purchase from amazon again.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John in Nebraska

    Get real Amazon. This is a BUSINESS DECISION and has nothing to do with censorship. If a book is going to cost you money rather than make it, DON'T SELL IT. Obviously if you allow this kind of garbage to be sold you will end up costing yourself big bucks in the long run, so just DON'T sell stuff that is garbage in the first place. We are not talking about gay rights or Hitler weenies, we are talking an ILLEGAL book to begin with, and something that will only serve to outrage your millions of customers. You might as well put a "you stink" label on the page after people log in if you are going to make lousy business decisions like this!

    November 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Arizona Buckeye

    Unfair portrayal of pedophiles... REALLY?!?!?!?! That has the be to most ridiculous and pathetically sick thing I've read/heard in my life time. WOW – this man needs to be taken off the face of the planet immediately.

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