UPDATE: Kobo contacted me after reading this blog post! Read their response: http://donutsdesires.blogspot.ca/2013/12/kobos-response.html
I really don't think this IS a coincidence. I think Kobo is censoring transgender romance.
Most recently, I uploaded one of my prestige pieces--My Mistress' Thighs in its 2nd edition, Honourable Mention in the 2011 Rainbow Awards--and when I signed into my Kobo account just now, hey, guess what? It's NOT available for sale through Kobo. The book and its related metadata have disappeared behind a button called "Declined."
As I mentioned, FIVE of my titles (out of nearly 30 that I've uploaded to Kobo) have been "declined" (censored, restricted, banned, deemed unfit for sale--call it what you like).
Every one of those FIVE titles was an erotic romance ebook with the word "transgender" in the metadata.
And Kobo banned it.
I have no fricken' clue. I'm just the author. I'm out of the loop.
I'm kind of shaking with anger right now, to be honest. Kobo is obviously equating "transgender" with "filth" and, hey, you know me--I DO write filth... but My Mistress' Thighs ain't it. My Mistress' Thighs is classy-ass fiction involving sex, love, and trans people. The subtitle is "Erotic Transgender Fiction and Poetry." Yes, that's right. Poetry. Sonnets, to be exact.
My Mistress' Thighs has been well-reviewed, and the first time it was available in print I got lovely thank you letters from people who identify as trans and recognized themselves in my characters. The book's got sex in it, yeah. And you know what else? It's GOOD FICTION. It's made a mark on people's lives. I know because they've told me so.
But Kobo thinks it's inappropriate because it's about transgender characters.
I'll leave it at that.