I want you to sell my goddamn books.
After joining Kobo Writing Life only a few weeks ago, this evening I (and, I gather, other users of their self-publishing platform) received this wonderful (=sarcasm) email:
you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media
attention in the UK regarding offensive
material that became available across a number of eBook platforms. Kobo
was included in the reports from media and we are taking immediate
action to resolve an issue that is the direct result of a select few
authors and publishers violating Kobo’s content
In order to address the situation Kobo is taking the following steps:
1.We are removing titles in question from the Kobo platform.
2. We are quarantining and reviewing titles to ensure that compliance to our policies is met by all authors and publishers. We will ensure that content meeting the policy is made available online as soon as possible.
are reviewing our policies and procedures to implement safeguards that
will ensure this situation does not happen in the future.
are working hard to get back to business as usual, as quickly as
possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.
goal at Kobo is not to censor material; we support freedom of
expression. Further, we want to protect the reputation of
as a whole. You have our promise that we will do all we can to ensure
the exceptions that have caused this current situation will not have a
lasting effect on what is an exciting new channel that connects Readers
to a wealth of books.
Director, Kobo Writing Life
Don't you love how they go into absolutely no detail and they offer no specifics? Kobo is a big player in the Canadian market, but this manner of obfuscation reminds me a hell of a lot of a certain amazonian institution in the worldwide market.
Anyway, I searched for Adam and Sheree's Family Vacation and Adam and Sheree's Family Business (two taboo brother/sister erotica title--all consenting adults, as you know) and they're gone. For now(?). I have very little faith you'll see them at Kobo again.
But wait... there's more! I just searched for a rather tame erotic romance I wrote called "Seducing the Sexy Celebrity Chef" and guess what? It's gone too!
But it's not like they're censoring me or anything. Just protecting the reputation of self-publishing.
Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! Let's enjoy our free country by reading a copy of... hmmm... let's see what Nanny Kobo will let us to read... (oh look! they've removed my lesbian ageplay novella Nanny State!)