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Amazon removes listing for Pedophile’s Guide after boycott threats

by Jorge Hernandez on November 11, 2010

After an initial attempt to defend the author's right to free speech, responded to online threats by removing a listing for an e-book featuring tailored advice to pedophiles on Wednesday.

The self-published guide was available late last month on Kindle and the company's software for mobile phones and computers, where authors can publish their works for a shared profit. According to the Associated Press, Amazon declined to comment on what it deemed "offensive content" to be banned by its guidelines.

Earlier in the day before it pulled the listing, Amazon issued a statement that said it believed it was "censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable." A torrent of Twitter users threatened to boycott and called on Amazon to remove the content from its site.

The Pedophile's Guide to Love & Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct was written by Philip R. Greaves of Colorado in an attempt to offer guidelines for pedophiles wishing to live within the law.

In his product description, Greaves wrote: "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. 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, who has sold just one copy of the book, told The Smoking Gun in an interview Wednesday that he was hospitalized after a mental breakdown preceding his decision to write the book. Greaves said that he was not a pedophile, but does suffer from manic depression.

The United States Justice Foundation threatened to sue Amazon in 2002 over its sale of a book titled Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers, which is still available online, reports the AP. Amazon is also taking pre-orders for I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton in Five Easy Lessons, according to Fox News.

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