Amazon is trying to figure out how to handle the proliferation of what they consider to be self-published porn & Erotica. Several months ago the cover of the Erotic Literary Salon’s ebook – volume one “SenSexual: A Unique Anthology 2013” had to be altered to adhere to their policy. It seems that their software program or self-appointed censors do not appreciate artistic photographs.
Excerpts from various articles on Amazon’s pornography dilemma.
Boom in self-published porn: How amateur pornographers are sharing X-rated material on Amazon By LUCY WATERLOW
…Despite Amazon having a policy on not ‘accepting pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts’, there are currently numerous titles for sale on the website that break this rule.
Just some of the e-books available with pictures of naked women include ‘The Dirty Blonde’, ‘Topless!’ and ’40 and Still Foxy’. Some of the pornographic titles have been uploaded by individuals sharing their home-captured pictures while others come from those like ‘Camera Erotica’ who seem to have made a business out of self-publishing porn.
In a move that will shock many parents concerned about the easy access their children have to online porn, many of the saucy e-books have a ‘click to look inside’ function, so people can view the adult-only content for free.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2289102/Boom-self-published-porn-How-amateur-pornographers-sharing-X-rated-material-Amazon.html#ixzz2Rlk4bs5h
Amazon looks pathetic by excluding porn from its search engine (but still selling it) By Willard Foxton
…without warning, Amazon removed the ability of anything rated “adult” to show up in a search on its main website. Upmarket porn is still there; but to find it, you have to go into the books or Kindle section and search specifically for the title you’re looking for.
Previously, this sort of filtering had only been applied to books which contained things like incest, and quite right too, but now it’s across the board on all erotic fiction. Even 50 Shades of Grey, one of the most ubiquitous books in the world right now, is caught by the filter.
Obviously, this makes it much harder to find very ordinary smut. As a result, publishers, authors and readers are all up in arms. “It’s a pornocaust”, said one online erotica author I spoke to. The grumbles of writers in the erotica industry are well founded. “We sell a huge amount of books through Amazon, yet we’re treated with utter contempt. We aren’t even allowed to classify our books,” said another. She directed me to a blog post which makes the argument in detail:
With over 86,000 titles in “Erotica” on Amazon, that means there’s twice as many erotic e-books as scifi … Romance has 120k titles, and 15 subgenres. Fantasy, with its 56k titles has 10 subgenres. Poetry, 43k titles, 11 subgenres. [Yet] Erotica gets no subgenres, no way of distinguishing itself. There’s no heat levels, no way of knowing if you’re getting contemporary, fantasy, or taboo.
So, despite the huge sales of erotica through its Kindle platform, Amazon still thinks hiding the books away on a virtual top shelf is a good idea. This level of prudishness, of trying to protect adults from themselves, is pathetic. It’s yet another example of pre-emptive, absurdly risk-averse censorship, appeasing a probably non-existent offended user.