7 Responses to “No Sex Please, We’re British”

  1. LS October 21, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    The “Daddy” sex books I’ve seen them pulling so far don’t involve children, they involve legal age adults who are only related through marriage. It may be in bad taste, but hardly pedophilia. Also, why do the big publishers get a free pass? They sell the same kind of books. In fiction the only difference between porn & good erotica is a hint of romance, so I’d say erotica is going to be affected.

  2. Dalia Daudelin October 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Interesting. You seemed to have read my blog post but it didn’t register that all I want is a way to keep my books away from children, an adults only category where I can sell my books about sex. Also, I’d like to point out that I haven’t found a single story about an underaged child engaging in sex. Daddy kinks are not about pedophilia.

    • Bundoran Press October 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      I did get that point — I pointed to your blog as an example of some of the concerns raised by those caught up (unfairly) in the sweep. An adults only category does seem like a sensible option — though it probably poses more challenges for digital sales than physical copies. Certainly something I’m sure Kobo and Amazon are looking at.

      I am aware of the adult “Daddy” kinks but I also know that people do write fiction that includes underage children. I don’t go looking for it but I read news reports of related criminal charges.

      My real point in the blog was not to condemn adult erotica — though it holds no interest to me — but to point out that the very technological mechanisms that has assisted self-publishing is now creating its biggest problems.

  3. LGA McIntyre October 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Instead of marginalizing the talented works of Independent publishers and authors – note I said Independent not “Vanity”, Kobo has taken a large step in the wrong direction.
    If certain works are reported as “Not complying” with their distribution policies, then those works should be evaluated and/or pulled. Note again – I said REPORTED. As in – a case by case self levelling and policing system of their policy. And if they contain criminal content, such as pedophilia manifestos, their authors should be investigated within their countries of origin. They should also track the people who have purchased this crap as well. But I digress.

    Perhaps Kobo should invest time in their search engines and categories to ensure that “Childrens Book” never gets confused with “Adult Content”.
    In any case, by giving established publishers an automatic free pass, while treating the Independent publishers as Guilty until proven Innocent they are throwing out their babies and their bathwater.
    You are right. Kobo does not NEED to cary any Indie Author work. In which case, they should discontinue their Writing Life Platform entirely and get out of the game. We’ll publish with Kindle instead. We don’t NEED to distribute our art with their company.

    • LGA McIntyre October 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      By the way, I write Epic Fantasy Adventure – not Erotica – and have had my work sidelined by Kobo since August.

      • Bundoran Press October 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

        I, of course, have no control over what KOBO does or doesn’t do. Nor, for clarity, do I have any financial interest in KOBO, except to the extent that our e-books are available from both KOBO and Kindle as well as on our own web-site.

        I’m not sure that ‘free pass’ is exactly what traditional publishers are getting. Rather it is a matter of liability. With indie published work, KOBO (and Kindle) MAY be at risk — yet to be proven in court — if something on their platform is illegal (no mater what their TOS says). If a publisher puts it up for sale, the publisher assumes that liability (no matter what their contracts say). Distribution of child porn, as well as its production, is a criminal offence.

        KOBO and Kindle have taken different risk management approaches.

        As you say, you can pursue whatever means to sell and promote your books that best serves your interests.

      • LGA McIntyre October 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

        In terms of Liability and Risk management, of course they have to look after their own self interests first. That goes without saying. Just as Publishers and ultimately Authors are responsible for their own content as well.
        What I am saying, is that their evaluation process and assumptions of guilt are harmful to the reputations of Independent Publishers and Authors. Bundoran Press is back up – congrats, you’ve been vetted and passed. Good on you. My publisher has not yet been so lucky.

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