An e-book titled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure by Phillip R. Greaves 2nd (yes, that is how his name reads on the cover) is becoming one of the most talked-about publications. And as can be expected, it’s not for its glowing reviews. The book is currently available on Amazon for Kindle for $4.75, and is more or less of guide of insight and conduct for engaging in pedophilia. It has been available (self-published, go figure) since October 28.
“This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certain [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 results in less hatred and perhaps liter [sic] sentences should they ever be caught,” writes the author in his product descriptions.
The tome has received the average customer rating of one out of five stars and has at the time of writing 546 customer reviews, including one that reads, “Goodbye Amazon, I’ll be closing my account momentarily. Enjoy your freedom of speech, I will enjoy shopping else where [sic].”
And it looks like most Amazon customers agree with him. Twitter is currently displaying a hashtag labeled “#amazonfail,” and Facebook now boasts a “Boycott Amazon for Selling Pedophile Guide” page. There is the odd comment here or there defending free speech, but the attention thus far has been overwhelmingly castigating.
In regards to the ordeal, Amazon maintains pulling the book would be censorship. It a statement to TechCruch, the company said, “Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decision.” The shopping site, however, does object to “offensive material,” including porn. In its content guidelines, Amazon describes exactly what that means, saying, “What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.” Apparently not.
The author appears to have several e-books available, sticking to the topics of sex and religion. In an interview with The Smoking Gun today, Greaves admitted he has manic depression, was recently involuntarily hospitalized, and is in fact, not a pedophile. Maybe Amazon can now remove his book under the guise of his inexpert advice? Until then, the site could be losing significant business.
UPDATE: As of this morning, Amazon is no longer selling the controversial book. It will appear in search results, but when you click on it, an error message informs you the book is not available. All of the outrage and hype surrounding the book caused it to rise to #96 on Amazon’s bestsellers list.