Amazon Bows to Consumer Pressure and Pulls Pedophile Guide E-Book

We live in an age where almost anything goes but there are still some surprises and this one is not pleasant. Amazon has been selling the E-book, A Pedophile’s guide to Love and Pleasure by Philip Greaves. Greaves is a pedophile. “The title was published late last month, according to product details previously available on It sold for $4.79 on the company’s Kindle Store. Greaves says “This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian [sic] rules for these adults to follow,” a product description read. “I hope 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 sentences should they ever be caught.”* Social medi was instrumental in Amazon pulling the book hundreds of tweets went out and a Facebook page was created alerting the public to the existance and sale of the book by Amazon. Facebook posters were outraged. “This is totally unacceptable,” one Facebook posting read. “This is not about freedom of speech. This is a HOW TO GUIDE FOR PEDOPHILES! Shame on you” Initally Amazon said that this was a freedom of speech issue. “Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable,” the company said in a written statement. “Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.” Finally late Wednesday night the retailer pulled the product. I am stunned that Amazon was actually selling this book. is this a free speech issue or was this simply a way to encourage criminal behavior? Should consumers boycott Amazon? Tell me what you think.


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  • Bill  On November 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    This is exactly how the free enterprise system is supposed to work. Rather than a bureaucy acting to ban sales of the book, the marketplace essentially sent a message to Amazon telling them that they have the right to sell objectionable materials but there will be consequences. Consumers can decide to reward or punish behaviors of commercial enterprises.

  • p  On November 11, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    im a christian so i’ll not curse, but WHY is this EVEN a topic, 4.79 is worth a childs life.

    • Bill  On November 12, 2010 at 1:54 am

      The cost of this book is totally irrelevant to the nexus of the discussion. I believe that this is a topic worthy of discourse because it is necessary for us as a society to be thoughtful about how we deal with evolving cultural mores. There is a thin line sometimes between attempting to maintain standards of decency and abridging the rights and freedoms of others. It is rare that people to fail agree on what decency is but it is not unusual for them to struggle to reach agreement on the best remedy for indecency.

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