By Jonathan Elias, WBZ-TV

UPDATE 11/11 8:00 am: Amazon pulled the book from its site early Thursday morning.

BOSTON (CBS) – “I was shocked, I was horrified, I was disgusted,” that’s how 24-year-old Courtney Buckley responded after seeing a book for sale on 

The book she’s talking about is “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure, a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct” that is being sold as a self published book. 

“People who are going to want to read this book shouldn’t be on Amazon shopping for a book on how to commit pedophilia they should be getting help from a doctor or in jail, rotting in jail,” says Buckley. 

Amazon is defending the book’s sale by releasing a statement, which in part reads, “Amazon believes it is censorship to sell certain books…Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts.”  

Amazon may be confused because pedophilia is a crime as Marylou Sudders the President and CEO of Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children points out.

“I want to be really clear, pedophilia is nothing more than sexual crimes against children,” she said. “Everyone should be expressing their outrage at this.  It is a bad business decision and Amazon should do the right thing and pull this book immediately.”

Expressing outrage is happening in a number of ways.  Amazon has more than 1,000 people who have sounded off telling them to yank the book and some saying they will never use Amazon again. 

Facebook and Twitter are also alive with people calling for a boycott. 

For Buckley her anger about this issue is personal, “I’m a survivor of sexual abuse.  I was abused when I was 12.  I’m all for free speech but where do we draw the line?  I could go out and write a book about blowing up an airplane or how to bully kids in school successfully would that be published?” 

As we head into the busiest shopping season of the year, many are hoping that Amazon will take this book off the virtual shelf.

Comments (15)
  1. S. Brooks says:

    I will boycott Amazon until it takes this book off it’s sales list. They should know better than be an accessory to a crime.

  2. Christina Cara Dartez says:

    This is awful that would have such a disgusting book for sale. Maybe Amazon really does promote sick people like these monsters. Why would they have this book on the shelf if they didn’t. I also will boycott Amazon if this book isn’t removed.

  3. Christine Murphy says:

    It looks like Amazon took it down. Perhaps all of the media attention and public outrage over this worked. But still, it constitutes child porn, which is illegal in all 50 states. I mean, if some guy gets caught with child porn on his computer, he goes to jail. This book is no different. The guy who wrote it and anyone who bought it need to be prosecuted.

  4. "Hollywood" says:

    DISGUSTING!!.. totally disgusting.. Boycot amazone and see just how far things fly after that.
    I work for an organization that is striving to keep these sick and disturbing individuals away from children.. THIS IS IN NO WAY something that should be tollerated by anyone!..
    Folks pull together and get this pulled down IMMEDIATELY..

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  7. Cruel and Not Welcomed says:

    Why would any conscientious person or business owner ever want to associate themselves with a “how to” book about pedophilia? Is it smart/humane to publish and even sell (publisher always needs a seller) a book that can potentially harm the most innocent and defenseless of us?…how scarey is that!….perhaps the buyers at Amazon need to spend some time with the victims of pedophilia to get a grasp on what they are selling – I buy from Amazon on a regular basis and if they were smart they’d fire that buyer PRONTO and give more money than they can afford to groups that help vicitms of pedophilia…..before they go the way of The Catholic Church and have to start selling off buildings in response to profit loss

  8. " Sweden " says:

    As your customer..,
    – I will NOT order anything more from Amazon…
    Unless you don’t take those damn pedophils books away from your shelves

  9. SRC says:

    I will guess Amazon legal might weigh in on this later today. That said, why is the reporting so lame on this? Amazon is just the reseller. Who is the book’s publisher? I’ll also guess it’s a print on order title that nobody actually stocks.

  10. Christina says:

    Self-published books are ones that any ol’ shuck out there with some cash can create WITHOUT the filter of a publishing company! Does Amazon sell all self-published books? I am curious about that. If not, selling this one is simply a media stunt. How idiotic to stand up for a self-published author’s right to share how to hurt children!?

  11. Steve says:

    I will no longer purchase ANYTHING from Amazon. They have shown they have no morals and they are all about the MONEY……

  12. anonymous says:

    Who’s buying this? A list of anyone who actually bought this should be sent to police.

  13. Midnight says:

    I have a better idea give the list of buyers to your local biker organization and let them take care of it. There is nothing lower than a pedophile – they deserve nothing and get what they deserve in prison. Stand and Protect those that can’t protect themselves !! Get off the sidelines and start helping the children !!

  14. Midnight says:

    I just checked Amazon and the book is still available for download. Done with amazon.

  15. kh says:

    The authorities should obtain the list of who the book was sold to and perhaps this will catch some of them before the crime is committed.

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