Amazon pulls book on pedophilia after complaints

Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:28pm EST
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ATLANTA Nov 11 (Reuters) - Amazon has pulled an electronic book about pedophilia from its online store after complaints and a boycott threat, according to media reports on Thursday.

The book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct," by Philip R. Greaves II, went on sale on October 28 and cost $4.79 to download, the reports said.

Amazon initially defended the book's publication in a statement but later withdrew it from its online store after a campaign against it spread on Twitter, Facebook and other media.

Protesters circulated a message through social networking sites that said: "Protect Children. Boycott Amazon."

Colleen Curtis, a mother who works as a director of sales and marketing for a mutual fund company in Mississauga, Canada, circulated the protest message to her friends on Facebook. Pedophilia is a crime, not a sexual preference and should not be covered by freedom of speech, she told Reuters by email.

"I am morally and ethically disgusted by the content and by Amazon's poor judgment and complete lack of remorse at making this information available to the public," she said."

The book title appeared on the company's website on Thursday but a subsequent message read: "We're sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site."

There was no immediate comment on the reports from Amazon, which is based in Seattle, despite repeated requests by Reuters.

(Reporting by Matthew Bigg; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)