Did Amazon ban an erotic ebook over nude drawings?

Late last November, a client of mine received a shocking email from Amazon: they were removing one of her erotic novels from Kindle Direct Publishing over violations of their content standards (such as they are), along with a threat that, should she violate these standards again, she would be permanently banned from KDP. Problem was, Amazon failed to specify the violating content. What made it even more of a mystery was that the ebook had already been on sale for over a year without complaint, the paperback version is still Read More …

The offensive against the offensive: self-published erotica comes under fire

Amazon have removed from their catalogue several self-published ebooks that depict violent acts of rape and incest, and today Kobo Writing Life authors will have received an email from KWL director Mark Lefebvre indicating that Kobo are following suit. The current offensive is the result of an article on the British technology website The Kernel that found for sale on Amazon pornographic titles such as Naughty Daughter Abducted And Pounded By Daddy’s Cock: Anal Sex And BDSM With My Step Father (taboo daddy daughter erotica) by Shannon Leigh. It cited Read More …

The New Pornographer?

Recently I posted on the forum at Serif, the company whose software I used to design my website, a request for reviews. Among the responses one comment stood out:  a suggestion that as my site contains “mild nudity” I should have posted a warning to minors (the forum allows members aged 13+) as otherwise I was in violation of forum rules. The comment sucked me back to my early days in Alberta when I was accused of being a pornographer for displaying the same photos (of a nude mother and Read More …