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November 11th, 2010
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Update: Amazon confirms 'Pedophile's guide' pulled from site

Emanuella Grinberg
CNN

(CNN) - The controversial e-book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" has been pulled from Amazon.com, a spokesman for the online retailer confirmed Thursday.

The self-published title's appearance on Amazon.com led to a public uproar and calls for a boycott of the site. As of late Wednesday, more than 2,000 Amazon.com users had left comments on the listing, nearly all of them condemning the site for selling the title.

The e-book's author, Phillip R. Greaves II, said he published the controversial tome to address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media.

When asked about the controversy, Amazon.com spokesman Drew Herdener would not respond.

Related: Amazon.com title defending pedophilia sparks boycott call

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Marty

    Why is Amazon silent? They are inviting the boycott that has started because, while they pulled this "book", they have failed to acknowledge the outrage that has followed it's posting in the first place.

    As an abuse survivor, I can tell you this guy is Greaves is full of it. I have listened to this whackjob on radio and TV and he is a mental case. I sincerely hope the police are looking closely at him.

    Amazon has shown itself to be two things, IMHO:

    1. Cowards and flip-floppers. You say you stand by the rights for all to speak, however objectionble it might be. And then, feeling the public wrath, you quietly pull this offensive garbage and refuse comment.

    2. Socially irresponsible. You STILL have titles on your site that promote pedophelia. If ONE child is harmed because of this, you should be prosecuted along with the perpetrator as a co-conspirator.

    November 12, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  2. Cheryl Mefford

    After seeing your story about the pedophilia related books on Amazon, I contacted them. I received a one line response to my email which told me that the book was no longer for sale. I responded by telling them that Amazon could sell what it wants to. I also have a choice. I don't have to purchase anything from them ever again. It will be interesting to see what the response is if I receive one.

    It's time we put our money where our mouths are. Enough is enough. Companies like Amazon need to start being held accountable for their actions.

    November 12, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  3. Stephen

    Let the "authors" of this type of reprehensible material excercise their freedom of speech rights by selling their trash on the street corners and see how that works for them.

    November 12, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  4. Lucy

    Here are two things amazon.com doesn't carry...common sense and human decency.

    November 12, 2010 at 5:23 am |
  5. Santiago

    Keeping it real? Imperfect as the data may be that suggests benefits to pedophilia, your interview with Walsh did not mention any data about the negative effects. Can you please try to interject evidence, not anecdotes, to the news you cover. Age of consent, and age of appropriateness has changed over time, perhaps you should bring up the question of how we decided on that age.

    November 12, 2010 at 2:49 am |
  6. Tara

    being a victim of sexual abuse myself this is simply horrifying !!!

    November 12, 2010 at 2:19 am |
  7. Patty

    Andersen, as always great show U R the best.All pedophiles shou be put on a island with no way out. I heard Alcatraz is available. Also I read your byline about your mom in Voughe. It was great. It reminded me of my mom and how beautiful and creative she was. Great memories thank U Anderson. Have a good night.

    November 12, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  8. Shelley

    Here's an idea: Why doesn't someone write a handful of books on how to castrate a pedophile? Or how to expose these creeps for who and what they really are? Amazon can sell these books and make some more money. I have never bought anything off of Amazon, and now I am positive I never will. Boycott is the only answer...they are selling the disgusting books to make money, so hitting them in the pocketbook is the only thing they will understand. God will hold them just as responsible for the effect pedophilia has on children as the ones who perpetrate the actual crimes. Sick. Absolutely sick.

    November 12, 2010 at 1:26 am |
  9. Mallory

    I am so glad that this book is removed because its just wrong to sell, because basically amazon would have been condoning lureing and groming of child for sex which no child should be exposed to

    November 12, 2010 at 1:19 am |
  10. Jeff Detrick

    I do not understand why people would choose to stay ignorant – here we have an opportunity for insight to the minds and tactics of these predators and people are so worried about being offended that they miss the importance of learning about what makes them tick. If you were at war and had the chance to see the enemy’s battle plans would you turn away because to face war is so horrible? This should be required reading for every parent, psychiatrist, social worker and police officer in the country. It is imperative that we gain understanding of their practices; tactics and modus operandi so we can better protect our children. Ignorance and naivety will continue to perpetuate the problem...only advancing our understanding will shed light and give us the tools to combat it. Cowardly, book-burning idiots will keep us in the dark ages.

    November 12, 2010 at 1:11 am |
  11. Barbara

    The amazon story,reminds me of many stories I hear in the news lately. Are there any decisions big business make in the US... that are not propelled by "the bottom line?"
    I fear that countries around the world sit back and laugh at the US, when it comes to quite a lot of our News stories.
    Especially our political parties, do I care if their dem/rep? NO! Just do your job, what is best for our country? Thats your job! (again I think it depends on the bottom line for each person) Sorry I covered too many agenda's here.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  12. Pat Burke,M.D.

    Children who are violated by pedophiles can't protect themselves as Amazon execs can. Public disgust would shame them if execs had the integrity to reveal themselves. We should demand this and a review of the efficacy of their screening process, not just their policies.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  13. George Engstrom

    Perhaps someone should write a book (and offer it for free) telling people how to blacklist Amazon. That's free speech too. I was one of the 200 men on Oprah's show dealing with this issue. The show aptly demonstrated that the damage done to children has long-lasting negative impact, on the victim, on their families, on society as a whole. Shame on us if we do not take care the children. Shame on Amazon. Corporate citizens have social obligations too.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  14. Laverne Pennie

    What in the world is going on with Amazon?

    I would think they sale enough books why stoop

    so low,like a snake on his belly. This is absolutely inexcusable. They have taken the book of the sales only because people wanted to
    protest against this Amazon.

    What else will they do for the almighty dollar.
    The guy who wrote this book,they had better watch him,soon he will be giving seminars on molesting children. This guy has to be a phedophile his self to write such a book. He would not and could not live in my neigbor hood for one day,the people would run him out.

    I don't even understand why the media constanly interviews this nasty,filthy,critter.

    It is people like this who are molesting,killing,and dismembering our children.

    Today people say and do what ever comes to their wicked minds.

    I say send him to a mental institution just for his sexual thoughts. Hope this man has no children or sisters or nieces.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
  15. Cindy Ragan

    Dear Anderson,
    I am a writer myself, I publish a magazine. But first and foremost I am a mother. I will NEVER purchase anything again from Amazon.com knowing that just one child may be harmed by their gross negligence. Its criminal that a company as big and far reaching as Amazon would promote something so harmful. I'm personally really mad and offended and will do my best to convince all my readers to boycott Amazon. They have a responsibility to the public, we trusted them – and they ABUSED it!!!

    Cindy Ragan

    November 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  16. Christine

    The guy who wrote these books is likely a pedophile himself! And unless Amazon can come out and address this issue in an acceptable way, we will not be shopping with them. This story makes me sick.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  17. Jacqueline Teixeira

    Dear Anderson,

    I enjoy your show and watch AC360 frequently. I was appaled with this story about Amazon.com. Amazon is selling books to teach criminals how to violate out children. Who are the publising companies that have no morals or ethics and agree to publish these books (if we can refer to these publications as books) It is an offense to call this trash books. Thank you so much for reporting this story. Please help us keep our children safe.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  18. Brenda

    Because Amazon.com has failed so miserably to respond appropriately to the pedophilia issue, the only thing that is just is an outright and complete boycott of their site and business.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
  19. Matt Davidson

    I just watched your bit on the amazon subject. We have two kids that we teach at home, and buy lots of books. Thanks too you guys, I'll never buy another book from that sleevy site again...... Neither will any one in my family. That's absolutely unbelievable. How dare they publish or promote that kind of TRASH for that kind of TRASH.......................

    November 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  20. Sandy

    It's my understanding that the acceptance of payments for digitally delivery of such material is not permitted by the credit card companies (which is how most Amazon purchases are paid) and that is the "rule" which Amazon has quoted in their response to you regarding the books.

    Obviously this "digital delivery" rule does not make it right for Amazon or any other seller to sell and "snail mail" any material which condones or encourages such behaviour.

    Your continued pursuit of this issue with Amazon is most welcome, and hopefully Amazon will come to realize that it's not in their best interests to permit the sale of this type of material on their website.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
  21. Patricia,Grass Valley, CA

    Anderson, you should contact Oprah Winfrey. She is such an advocate for child safety and she does know Jeff Bezos. I'm sure she could have some influence.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  22. Amir

    Good show.Priorities maby in the wrong place. Mmaby the first good step is accurate data collection on the situation........ there is way too much of this going on . people can be manipulated into these situations without their concent or kowledge.also

    November 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  23. Jose

    It is clear corporations have issues with sociaj responsibility and their bottom line, but do victims and or advocates have any legal platform to file suit agains these molesters?

    November 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Rosita

    All pedophiles need to either be thrown in jail for life or sentenced to death. We let so many of them out while there are so many people taking up jail cells for far lesser crimes. They can not be cured & I do not want anymore in my neighborhood! I will take a marijuana dealer any day before I have a pedophile next door to my daughter.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Gina Harpel

    I am truly glad Mr. Cooper has brought this to the attention of the public. It is disgusting and I also think it could be argued that it is illegal. I understand free speech but there are laws against pornography. It doesn't have to be photos or video to be deemed pornographic. The written word can also be pornographic and I believe punishable legally under the laws of Communications regarding Pornographic materials.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Jolene Kelley

    Thank you for your report. I am shocked by Amazon's decision to sell these horrible books on pedophilia. I am futher concerned that they have not responded to your questions. Although we have purchased a large number of books from Amazon, we will be using another supplier in the future.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Jane carney

    I am soon to be an ex amazon customer if they do not withdraw these books from monsters who prey on children. This is a no brained amazon, man up!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  28. Garrett

    You will not shut amazon. They are not afraid of you boycotting. From this story, amazon stock has hone up. You are all making this and similar books national and giving free publicity. If this was not put on the news it would not have sold a single copy. I don't condone pedophelia. I agree with the decision to pull it, but bc this was made national news, it sold copies. This should read Shame on all of us for helping put money in his pocket.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Lindsay

    Anderson,

    I would like to point out that in this author's brief interview he makes pedophilia out to be a "sexuality" similar to that of homosexuality and heterosexuality which are both consensual acts. Pedophilia is not consensual its emotional and physical effects both long and short term have the ability to ruin a child's life. What sort of thought process is this? Has this author had a previous psych eval?
    Thanks for making this public!
    Lindsay

    November 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  30. Carla Saliba

    Anderson-
    The fact of the matter is that this is such a serious issue that currently affects our youth. I hope you will not forget about this or let it go. The other book that Amazon continues to profit from is Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers by David L. Riegel. The fect that they will not comment except to say that the book has been removed does not sit well with me. I can understand if a mistake was made, then say it but don't sit quite and hide as if this is no big deal. Please Anderson stay on this issue.

    November 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  31. Carol

    I don't understand what took Amazon so long. Both for moral and business reasons, I would have thought they would have been all over the media apologizing and saying someone down the chain allowed this to happen and that person has been fired, etc.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  32. Marcy M. Clapp

    hopefully Amazon.com learns from this. Greed!

    November 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  33. Marcy M. Clapp

    That's good news.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  34. Jayan

    Thank you for standing up to amazon.com. I hope this will start a trend.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm |