Amazon.com is currently taking flak from angry users for selling a controversial e-book. The popular online shopping website has displayed an e-book that seemingly promoted pedophilia. The post drew more than 2,500 angry comments and even threats of boycott.
The controversial ebook, “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct”, went on sale October 28 at Amazon.com but was immediately pulled out of the listing late Wednesday after hoard of users expressed anger and criticism over the site’s decision to post the book, calling it “offensive and disgusting”. A Facebook fan page was even created urging users and buyers to boycott Amazon.com unless they pull out the provocative e- book.
Meanwhile, the author of the controversial e book Philip R. Greaves II, who has three more titles on Amazon.com, defended his work. He said he published it to “address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media”. In a phone interview with CNN he said that “True pedophiles love children and would never hurt them”.
The 47-year-old author from Pueblo, Colorado said that the book can be advisory in some ways. “There are certain parts that are consultative laying down the lines that should not be crossed.” he said.
Greaves, who described himself as a former nurses’ aid, further clarified his intention in writing the book in a separate interview:
“This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian 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 result in less hatred and perhaps liter (sic) sentences should they ever be caught.”
The author was quick to say that he has never had sexual contact with a child as an adult. Greaves, however, admitted that he had an ‘pedophile’ encounter as a teenager. According to Greaves, he was introduced to oral sex at the tender age of 7 by an older female. He did not elaborate further.
User and buyers, however, did not share the same opinion as rants and criticism stormed the website. One user wrote:
“It is ILLEGAL to molest children, and for Amazon to promote such is insane. I’m an abuse survivor, and am OUTRAGED Amazon would choose to promote this nonsense. I will not be purchasing anything from your website until this is removed”.
“Cannot believe that Amazon is selling this. 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”.
CNN was not able to connect with Amazon for comments but one user submitted the reply e-mail Amazon sent to him :
“Let me assure you that Amazon.com does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts; we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions. Amazon.com believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable.”