Amazon customers threaten to boycott over pedophile guide; UPDATE: book is removed

The Pedophile's Guide to Love and PleasureAn 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.

Emerging Tech

MIT is building a new $1 billion college dedicated to all things A.I.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a new $1 billion college of computing designed to offer the best possible education to future machine learning A.I. experts.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix in October, from 'Mindhunter’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in October, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Black Panther’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, subdued humor, or anything in between.
Cars

Carbuying can be exhausting: Here are the best used car websites to make it easier

Shopping for a used car isn't easy, especially when the salesman is looking to make a quick sale. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites aimed at the prospective buyer, whether you're looking for a sedan or a newfangled hybrid.
Photography

Remove photo bombs, other unwanted objects with Photoshop’s new Content-Aware Fill

Photoshop's newest A.I-powered tool helps remove objects or fill in gaps for a distraction-free photo in the new Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. Here's how to remove an object in Photoshop using the new Content-Aware Fill.
Photography

Adobe Premiere Rush CC is the cloud-based video editing app you've been waiting for

On stage at Adobe MAX 2018, Adobe announced its cloud-centric, social video-editing application, Adobe Premiere Rush CC. We took some time to put it through its paces to see what it offers, how it works, and what's missing.
Web

Feed your fandom: These are the best YouTube channels for sports lovers

If you're a cable cutter who still wants to enjoy quality sports highlights and analysis, YouTube is the place to go. There are plenty of great sports-centric channels on YouTube, each of which provides great highlights and top-shelf…
Social Media

YouTube is back after crashing for users around the world

It's rare to see YouTube suffer serious issues, but the site went down around the world for a period of time on October 16. It's back now, and we can confirm it's loading normally on desktop and mobile.
Computing

Winamp eyes big comeback in 2019 with podcast, streaming support

Classic audio player Winamp is getting a major overhaul in 2019 that's designed to bring it up-to-date and make it competitive with the likes of Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Audible, and more, all in one go.
Computing

Is the Pixelbook 2 still happening? Here's everything we know so far

What will the Pixelbook 2 be like? Has the Pixel Slate taken its place? Google hasn't announced it, but thanks to rumors and leaks, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the potential new flagship Chromebook will be like.
Photography

Adobe MAX 2018: What it is, why it matters, and what to expect

Each year, Adobe uses its Adobe MAX conference to show off its latest apps, technologies, and tools to help simplify and improve the workflow of creatives the world over. Here's what you should expect from this year's conference.
Computing

Problems with Microsoft’s Windows October 2018 Update aren’t over yet

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 update is not having a great launch. More than two weeks after its debut and Microsoft is still putting out fires as new bugs are discovered and there's no sign of its re-release as of yet.
Computing

Adobe’s craziest new tools animate photos, convert recordings to music in a click

Adobe shared a glimpse behind the scenes at what's next and the Creative Cloud future is filled with crazy A.I.-powered tools, moving stills, and animation reacting to real-time tweets.