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Some think that the Pedophilia e-Book, penned by a Colorado resident (left) is a misguided publicity stunt.  (Source: Amazon/Gawker)

Apparently many people downloaded the book, after it became a hot news topic. It reached #65 on Amazon's e-Book bestsellers list.  (Source: 4Chan)
Did publisher violate its own censorship policy

"Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable.  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."

That's the official corporate stance on censorship listed on Amazon.com's website.  However, the world's largest online book retailer waffled on Monday first pulling, then reinstating, then pulling again a controversial book on pedophilia that had become an overnight bestseller.

Most would find the $4.97 USD book, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure (link is likely broken), morally reprehensible.  The book slipped by Amazon's watchful eye under its new self-publishing system.

The book features disturbing details like how to make condoms from rubber gloves and poorly structured philosophical rants in defense of the abusive and illegal practice.

When tech bloggers first took notice, the book was sitting in 158,221st place on Amazon.com's e-book sales list -- in other words it had sold virtually no copies.  Despite its utter lack of sales many sites outraged called for a boycott of Amazon.com.  Their campaign had quite the opposite effect, propelling the book upwards to eventually reach #65 on Amazon.com's best-selling list of e-books, with sales jumping an incredible (and disturbing) 101,000 percent.

That led Amazon.com, after initially defending the book, to finally pull it late Monday for the first time.  It appears that the book's brief reappearance may have been due to the site not having pulled the book properly from all of its many data centers.

The book is the work of Phillip Greaves II, a 42-year-old unemployed manic-depressive who resides in Pueblo, Colo.  Mr. Greaves claims the book is based on his childhood sexual experiences and that he is not a pedophile.  Some of his contents indicate that he may have written the book as a publicity stunt.  He told ABC News in an interview, "I can see where they would come to that kind of conclusion and to a certain extent I wanted that kind of notoriety to effect the book. ... I wanted it to effect sales."

The decision to pull the book, no matter how disgusting it was, is a controversial one as it represents Amazon.com being forced to seemingly violate its own censorship code. 

Amazon.com currently publishes a number of other titles that seem to advocate or defend illegal, violent, and immoral acts.  Among those is the $14.85 title I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons, penned by Luca Rastello a convicted drug smuggler.  Another controversial work is Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler's book advocating racial murder and genocide, which is available for $2.99.

The site has not yet released an official comment revealing why it pulled the book after initially defending it.  A group on Facebook advocating a boycott of Amazon.com until it pulled the book is at 9,500+ "likes" as of Tuesday morning.





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