With credible threats of a boycott, Amazon.com has removed a controversial title from its e-book inventory. The book, The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct, has sparked a firestorm around Kindle content from offended customers and free-speech advocates.
Penned by Philip R. Greaves II, the controversial title promises to “make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certain rules for these adults to follow.”
The author’s description says he “hopes 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.”
Remove the Book!
Amazon removed the e-book from its electronic shelves late Wednesday, but not before thousand of people commented on the title. A majority of the comments opposed Amazon’s decision to sell the e-book, and even threatened to boycott Amazon until it removed the book.
Greaves told CNN that the book offers advice to pedophiles. “Penetration is out,” he said. “You can’t do that with a child, but kissing and fondling I don’t think is that big of a problem.” A social-media storm quickly arose, with Facebook pages designed to encourage an Amazon boycott.
“Cannot believe that Amazon is selling this,” a customer commented under the e-book title. “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.”
Amazon removed the book, but also published a statement that added fuel to the potential First Amendment…