Amazon.com, in what can only be referred to as “getting their ass handed to them”, has pulled a controversial e-book titled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure. The bigger issue: are our kids safer now because of it?

Author, Phillip Greaves, a 47 year old retird nurse’s aide, said that before the book was pulled from Amazon’s website, over 300 copies had been bought from the Kindle’s online store. He also received over 3,000 complaints about the book, which sold for $4.79. On a humorous note, I wonder how many of the sales were to publications and journalists just so they could take a photo of the e-book for their articles.

Here’s the real kicker – Greaves said that before the internet and media hit uproar status, he’d only sold ONE solitary copy. The media, as it seems, created its own monster. Again. We do this from time to time.

Naturally, Greaves says that he does not promote pedophilia. [Long pause]

The interesting issue is underlying. Of course, since Amazon is a privately-owned business, it can sell whatever it wants to sell. But, does selling a book about a vile act create criminals? Does simply offering this book make would-be pedophiles turn into the real thing?

Paul Carr of TechCrunch.com wrote a good editorial about the issue.

And as Paul McNamara mentions on Buzzblog, Amazon has the right to sell any book it pleases. BUT, they should, in his opinion, determine the revenue it accrued from the hyped sales of this book and donate it to a charity that helps abused children. This doesn’t take into account the fact that there are numerous other books available on Borders.com, BarnesandNoble.com and even Amazon.com that talk about the same subject, in the same light. Or, at least, says another article. I won’t be verifying my sources because I don’t really want those kinds of searches in my work computer.

Online boycotts and numerous low reviews of the book forced Amazon to remove it from their site on Wednesday. But…will you sleep safer at night? Has removing one book from an online retailer saved all of our children from abuse? I think, after a long and sad moment, we’ll all realize that there’s a lot more hard work to be done on the subject.

In a related story, the Pedobear gave Greaves’ book five stars. What a dick.

Sauce: Los Angeles Times