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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban 548

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from the cleaning-things-up dept.
Nate the greatest writes "The Kernel started an uproar last week when they 'discovered' that the Kindle Store and other ebookstores sell adult content in the erotica category. None of the content is actually illegal, but it is icky enough that the major ebookstores decided to respond by removing anything even vaguely questionable. Unfortunately, they went too far, resulting in an act of censorship the likes of which we haven't seen since Paypal went after the indie ebook distributor Smashwords. The Daily Mail reports that WH Smith went so far as to shut down their website with the promise that it won't reopen until all self-published titles have been removed, and according to BBC News, B&N is also deleting content. Numerous authors have reported on KBoards that Amazon and B&N have removed far more than just the titles that feature questionable content like pseudo-incest; they appear to be running keyword searches and removing any title that mentions innocuous words like babysitter, sister, or teenager. And they're not the only ones; there's a new report that Kobo has jumped on the ban wagon as well."
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

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  • by Chronus1326 (1769658) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:23AM (#45121319)
    Who decides? Isn't this a Shade of Grey here? Think that book will get banned as well, as popular as it is? (never read it and never will, but am aware of its cultural significance)
    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:30AM (#45121355)

      Who decides? Isn't this a Shade of Grey here? Think that book will get banned as well, as popular as it is? (never read it and never will, but am aware of its cultural significance)

      LOL. Only men erotica get banned. Didn't you got the memo? Feminism is the official doctrine of the state; women good, men bad. Simple as that.

      • Did you even click on the link? Hint: the Kernel isn't left wing.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Chalnoth (1334923)
        You're confusing feminism with right-wing conservative nutjobs. Feminists generally prefer sex-positivity, meaning they don't want any ban on erotic fiction of any sort. While there are some feminists that do want to ban pornography, believing it is degrading to women, in my experience those are a minority among feminists. Many of the feminists I know, for example, would like to see brothels made legal everywhere (and regulated to prevent exploitation of the sex workers).
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by B1oodAnge1 (1485419)

          You're confusing right-wing conservative nutjobs with Republican Christian nutjobs, who are neither right-wing nor particularly conservative in the sense of smaller government and more liberty.
          As to your main point, you probably know a lot of third-wave feminists. Sex-positive feminism is certainly a thing, but it is hardly unopposed.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminist_Sex_Wars [wikipedia.org]

          • by Pfhorrest (545131) on Monday October 14, 2013 @05:19PM (#45126661) Homepage Journal

            "Conservative" does not mean "favoring smaller government and more liberty"; that's "libertarian".

            "Conservative" means "favoring things as they once were; opposing change".*

            It's a mere historical coincidence that in recent history, change has been away from smaller government, and so libertarianism became conservative.

            In older eras, change was toward smaller government, and conservatives were in favor of preserving the authority of the church and state. The Christian nutjobs still pine for those "good old days", and that makes them even more conservative than the libertarian type of conservative.

            *(Strictly speaking "conservative" should be distinguished from "reactionary" in that the former favors preserving things as they are now, and the latter favors bringing back things that used to be, in which case all of the aforementioned "conservatives" are really "reactionaries" since society has already changed away from the way they wish it still was).

    • by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:31AM (#45121373)

      Who decides?

      Sex, one of the Four Horsemen of the Info-pocalypse [counterfire.org]. Thin edge of the wedge stepping stone to more politically motivated types of censorship...

    • by killkillkill (884238) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:54AM (#45121633)

      Who decides?

      The owner of the store. They don't have to have fair or consistent rules. Deal with it or start/support a new store with like minded people.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:14AM (#45121829)

        Who decides?

        The owner of the store. They don't have to have fair or consistent rules. Deal with it or start/support a new store with like minded people.

        It's a little frustrating how true this is. Also a little frightening when you think about it. These huge companies have more power to control our speech than the government does because they are private entities. All you have to do is get a few big companies together to make a decision and you can enact a de-facto censorship regime by locking most out of the market.

        • by jythie (914043) on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:33AM (#45122063)
          The part that is more frightening is how small groups (almost always religious and conservative) seem to have disproportionate sway over how those companies behave. It does not help that people who support free expression and adult material are so easily shamed into not fighting back... but even when they do, the response they get can be pretty different. Tell Amazon you are upset because they have naughty stuff and they go banning. Tell Amazon you are upset because they are deleting content and they are pretty dismissive (I actually tried a while back).
          • by Yakasha (42321)

            The part that is more frightening is how small groups (almost always religious and conservative) seem to have disproportionate sway over how those companies behave.

            About 75% of Americans identify as some sort of Christian. 1/3 of those are self-identified Catholic, and the other 2/3 are some other denomination. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a congregation that would speak out against this kind of censorship. Even individuals that may be personally interested in such content would not admit to that in front of their church-going peers (which is 3/4 of the entire nation before you include Jews & Muslims); especially if that meant admitting they were ok wi

            • by Jiro (131519) on Monday October 14, 2013 @03:36PM (#45125551)

              About 75% of Americans identify as some sort of Christian....
              Recent court rulings concerning violent video game bans have also mentioned American's historical opposition to smut...
              clearly shows the willingness of average Americans to at least passively support...

              This started because of an expose by the Kernel. The Kernel is located in the UK. The Slashdot post then points out that WH Smith shut down their website. WH Smith is in the UK. The post also mentions a BBC report. I don't have to tell you where the BBC is located. Although Amazon and B&N are themselves world-wide, this is clearly instigated by and carried out by Europeans and British specifically, and by the media over there. Googling up "cnn amazon porn" brings up nothing recent (the same thing with BBC produces the appropriate articles).

              What's this Americans stuff?

        • by Patch86 (1465427) on Monday October 14, 2013 @01:54PM (#45124313)

          It's worse than that, even. WH Smith was moved to take action against its legal stock at the demand of the Daily Mail, more or less on its own. The Daily Mail is arguably the most extreme right-wing of the British press, and represents (via it's readership) a largish minority (but definitely a minority) of middle-class people who like a bit of moral outrage with their breakfast. Smiths will have taken its action to avoid losing a smallish but non-trivial portion of their customer base.

          So, we have a situation where any organization which lacks scruples and represents a non-trivial number of customers can indirectly control the country through commerce.

          Scary bananas.

      • Until Paypal shuts 'em down.

      • by RabidReindeer (2625839) on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:32AM (#45122051)

        Who decides?

        The owner of the store. They don't have to have fair or consistent rules. Deal with it or start/support a new store with like minded people.

        These are eBooks. Amazon has demonstrated that not only can they yank books you "bought" back, they will. And not just books with questionable moral value.

        It's one of the reasons I don't deal with them anymore.

      • by MikeLip (797771) on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:50AM (#45122217)
        Yeah, right. Pretty much all the booksellers around me have been driven out of business by Amazon or other ebook stores. No one is going to make a living opening an indie store around here. Even B&N is dead, and if they can't make it, who can? So suggesting you start your own store in reaction to the asinine censorship is, well, asinine. If you get so big you drive all competition out, then know what? Maybe you need to come under some form of regulation. That sort of thing applied to the Bell system, and there is no reason why the same thinking should not apply to the very few reasonably accessible outlets for publications.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by bradrum (1639141)

        Typical Slashdot bullshit. If I told you to start your own Apple or Microsoft you'd piss and moan about monopolies, regulations, ip laws, predatory business practices that would get in your way. But you have no qualms about telling someone unhappy with Amazon, B&N, etc... you would say "start your own book shop", "start your own health care company", "start your own hospital", or "start your own fucking space program" etc.... without even a CLUE that the predatory business practices and monopoly power

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:10AM (#45121793)

      Please ban the following books as a threat to an Orderly Society. Also, the children. KThxBye!

      * The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

      * The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

      * The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

      * To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

      * The Color Purple by Alice Walker

      * Ulysses by James Joyce

      * Beloved by Toni Morrison

      * The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

      * 1984 by George Orwell

      * The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

      * Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

      * Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

      * Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

      * A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

      * Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

      * Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

      * Animal Farm by George Orwell

      * The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

      * As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

      * A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

      * Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

      * Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

      * Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

      * Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

      * Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

      * Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

      * Native Son by Richard Wright

      * One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

      * Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

      * For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

      * On the Road by Jack Kerouac

      * The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

      * The Call of the Wild by Jack London

      * To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

      * Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

      * Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

      * The World According to Garp by John Irving

      * All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

      * A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

      * The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
       

      If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

      — On Liberty, John Stuart Mill

      • by ebno-10db (1459097) on Monday October 14, 2013 @11:09AM (#45122457)

        You forgot the Bible. There's some pretty racy stuff in there, and a lot of obviously socialistic stuff.

        • by Splab (574204) on Monday October 14, 2013 @12:34PM (#45123499)

          Ezekiel 23:19-20:

          (19)Yet she increased her whorings, remembering the days of her youth, when she played the whore in the land of Egypt (20)and lusted after her paramours there, whose members were like those of donkeys, and whose emission was like that of stallions.

          Or alternative translation:
          (19)Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
          (20)For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

          • by gmhowell (26755) <gmhowell@gmail.com> on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:36PM (#45128929) Homepage Journal

            Ezekiel 23:19-20:

            (19)Yet she increased her whorings, remembering the days of her youth, when she played the whore in the land of Egypt (20)and lusted after her paramours there, whose members were like those of donkeys, and whose emission was like that of stallions.

            Or alternative translation:
            (19)Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
            (20)For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

            Modern translation:

            This cougar gave it up all over town and half the state, thinking she was some young trick. Back in the day, this ho had all kind of guys get up in her snizz. And they was hung like horses and came buckets.

  • Hmmm (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:23AM (#45121321)

    Fahrenheit 451?

    • Re:Hmmm (Score:4, Interesting)

      by gmuslera (3436) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:47AM (#45121567) Homepage Journal
      I wonder at which temperature digital books gets banned. The article suggest that what they are banning have hot content, but that means that it will applied to any hot topic like surveillance, corporate greed and government abuses?
      • by cusco (717999)

        According to the Libertardians this could never happen, since the holy Free Market would prevent any such thing. This pretty much puts the lie to their entire religion.

    • by firex726 (1188453)

      The temperature at which NAND memory burns!

    • Re:Hmmm (Score:5, Insightful)

      by sir-gold (949031) on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:28AM (#45122015)

      It's just like Fahrenheit 451, except without all the trouble of actually tracking down and burning the books. You just sit down at a computer, type a few commands, and you are done. No more pesky history books getting in the way of your world domination

  • by GeekWithAKnife (2717871) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:27AM (#45121339)

    Every time we complete some sort of cycle, discover a new tribe, a new people, new nation or continent, new media, new format, new distribution whatever, there's always this stupid witch hunt. -Oh no a person is saying/writing/portraying things I don't agree with, this must stop right now. Democracy is bad. Censor that shit right away! -burn all those books.

    To make it worse there's this pseudo fanatical craze to get rid of nudity with a passion but violence? not so much. somehow nudity is worse...reminds me of the MPAA rating system. Sure you can show blood, but the naked human body? are you out of your mind?!

    This is always the problem with controlled distribution, formats and media. Someone decides what's best for you.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by clickety6 (141178)

      To make it worse there's this pseudo fanatical craze to get rid of nudity with a passion but violence? not so much. somehow nudity is worse...reminds me of the MPAA rating system. Sure you can show blood, but the naked human body? are you out of your mind?!

      In the US, maybe. In a lot of European countries, at least, there is a more relaxed approach to nudity and a greater abhorrence to depictions of violence.

    • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:25AM (#45121963)
      I think a semi-rational argument, more than "sex bad violence good", is that kids are more likely to see sex and want to have sex than they are to see violence and want to be violent.

      I agree with that much: where I disagree is that society as a whole needs to neuter itself to make absolutely sure they don't encounter anything which might turn them into perverts.

      It's an important distinction: you need to understand the mindset of people you disagree with in order to convince them. Saying to them "Hey, prudes, violence is worse than sex" will at best make then include violence in with their censorship. The point you disagree with them on is that society should bend over backwards to accommodate children rather than leaving it up to parents to explain adult things to their kids. If kids don't have decent parents, they have bigger problems than seeing tits. It's probably still unlikely that you'll convince many people with that argument unfortunately, but I think it has a better shot of getting them to reconsider.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:30AM (#45121363)

    I assume. I can't actually read it, it's banned because Wiston and Julia have sex while Big Brother is watching and that's incest or something.

  • by koan (80826) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:32AM (#45121375)

    This is what digital books are going to get you , censorship, on the fly redactions and corrections to appeal to current political climates, and a simple refusal to sell anything that in anyway displeases the power elite.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by SirGarlon (845873)

      And yet several of my family members eagerly bought Kindles in spite of me carefully explaining this concept. I'm afraid the battle is already lost.

    • by couchslug (175151)

      Not to mention "downmodded for telling the truth"!

      The solution is to distribute them under different business models, including not for profit.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:32AM (#45121381)

    Because that's chock full of incest, and we wouldn't want to apply our arbitrary rules inconsistently, would we?

    • Correct. We will apply our rules consistently for all books grossing less than, say, $500 000 per month?

  • Misplaced outrage (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Huntr (951770)

    Store owners are free to carry whatever books they want. This is a market opportunity.

    Stop bitching and open your own store for these kinds of books (e-erotica? oof...). Evidently there's some space to make money here.

  • Too far (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    They may be going too far in their deletions, but whether you like it or not, it IS their business and choice. Censorship has to do with government actions, not the decisions of private businesses.

    • Not according to any of the definitions I could find (admittedly using only a few minutes online).
      Most of the text discussing censorship specifically made mention of government, organizational and self-censorship.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship [wikipedia.org] pretty much sums it all up.
    • by Qzukk (229616)

      The First Amendment (in the US) only covers censorship by the US government (and then only when the government decides that it should not be allowed to censor that content), but anyone else blocking content from being sold or read is also censoring that content, whether it's because of the government or not.

    • Re:Too far (Score:4, Informative)

      by JimTheta (115513) on Monday October 14, 2013 @11:17AM (#45122543) Homepage

      You're confusing the term "censorship" with the First Amendment.

      Anyone can be a censor. The First Amendment only limits the government's ability to censor.

  • 50 Shades? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    So are they going to refund the billion dollars they sold of 50 Shades of Gray? Or is the difference not in content but in sales?
     
    lol captcha is "modest"

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:40AM (#45121471)

    I myself like Japanese anime and culture, and have read a few doujinshi which feature young anime characters in sexual situations, but...

    >The National Crime Agency warned on Sunday that books appearing to legitimise child abuse "might feed the fantasies of paedophiles and in some cases encourage child sexual abusers to commit contact offences".

    I'm sorry, but that's just bullshit.

    Maybe we should ban first person shooters too because it might legitimize murder and encourage people to commit actual offences...

    Anyone who can't tell the difference between an actual, human person and fictional character(s) are no different than the ones who abuse children, or murder, or rape women...

  • by aepervius (535155) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:41AM (#45121483)
    Well, not that i am into erotica, but I dislike being told what I am being allowed to read by private company.
    • A voice of reason, wish I had mod points.
    • by PvtVoid (1252388)

      Well, not that i am into erotica, but I dislike being told what I am being allowed to read by private company.

      You're not. A private company is deciding which products it wishes to sell and which it does not.

      • by Ioldanach (88584)

        Well, not that i am into erotica, but I dislike being told what I am being allowed to read by private company.

        You're not. A private company is deciding which products it wishes to sell and which it does not.

        The problem with eBooks, though, is that in most implementations they can reach in and retroactively remove the books you've purchased. So even if they chose to sell a book and you chose to buy it, they can choose to un-sell the book to you if they decide the content is a problem for them.

    • by DeathToBill (601486) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:54AM (#45121627) Journal

      And I'd guess that private company doesn't like you telling them what they are allowed to (or must) sell.

      Honestly, if you're worried that there isn't enough erotica available then you're not that interested in erotica. Try google. The puzzle for me is that anyone would pay for it.

  • Today "Porn" (Score:5, Interesting)

    by nurb432 (527695) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:41AM (#45121485) Homepage Journal

    Tomorrow dissident materials, then anything that anyone doesn't like. And don't forget they know who bought these e-books, that might be grounds for a search warrant.

    Now, it is their right as a business not to carry anything they don't personally approve of, but it is a bad path we are heading down.

  • by Jawnn (445279) on Monday October 14, 2013 @09:47AM (#45121569)
    In this case, it's working like The Thought Police [wikipedia.org], but hey, at least it's responding to all the "think of the children" bleating. Right?
  • by PPH (736903) on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:08AM (#45121779)

    So we can't buy bibles on line anymore?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 14, 2013 @10:50AM (#45122223)

      Before anyone mods parent as trollbait, here are indisputable examples of Incest in the Bible:

      1) And Cain went out from the face of the Lord, and dwelt as a fugitive on the earth, at the east side of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived, and brought forth Henoch: and he built a city, and called the name thereof by the name of his son Henoch. - Genesis 4:16-17

      2) Howbeit, otherwise also she is truly my sister, the daughter of my father, and not the daughter of my mother, and I took her to wife. And after God brought me out of my father’s house, I said to her: Thou shalt do me this kindness: In every place, to which we shall come, thou shalt say that I am thy brother. - Genesis 20:12-13

      3) And Thare lived seventy years, and begot Abram, and Nachor, and Aran. And these are the generations of Thare: Thare begot Abram, Nachor, and Aran. And Aran begot Lot. And Aran died before Thare his father, in the land of his nativity in Ur of the Chaldees. And Abram and Nachor married wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai: and the name of Nachor’s wife, Melcha, the daughter of Aran, father of Melcha, and father of Jescha. - Genesis 11:26-29

      4) And the elder said to the younger Our father is old, and there is no man left on the earth, to come in unto us after the manner of the whole earth. Come, let us make him drunk with wine, and let us lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the elder went in and lay with her father: but he perceived not neither when his daughter lay down, nor when she rose up. And the next day the elder said to the younger: Behold I lay last night with my father, let us make him drink wine also to night, and thou shalt lie with him, that we may save seed of our father. They made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in, and lay with him: and neither then did he perceive when she lay down, nor when she rose up. So the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father. - Genesis 19:31-36

      5) The sons of Merari: Moholi and Musi. These are the kindreds of Levi by their families. 20 And Amram took to wife Jochabed his aunt by the father’s side: and she bore him Aaron and Moses. And the years of Amram’s life were a hundred and thirty-seven. - Exodus 6:19-20

      And finally the best one combines incest and rape:
      6) And Thamar came to the house of Amnon her brother: but he was laid down: and she took meal and tempered it: and dissolving it in his sight she made little messes. And taking what she had boiled, she poured it out, and set it before him, but he would not eat: and Amnon said: Put out all persons from me. And when they had put all persons out, Amnon said to Thamar: Bring the mess into the chamber, that I may eat at thy hand. And when she had presented him the meat, he took hold of her, and said: Come lie with me, my sister. She answered him: Do not so, my brother, do not force me: for no such thing must be done in Israel. Do not thou this folly. But he would not hearken to her prayers, but being stronger overpowered her and lay with her. [II Kings 13:12-14]

      • by Empiric (675968)
        indisputable examples of Incest in the Bible

        There are indisputable examples on every news station as well.

        Now the only thing your listing needs for you to reach baseline intellectual honesty, is to filter the list by which state they are advocating it. By my count, that criterion puts us at zero.
      • by PPH (736903)
        I guess we could get around the automated filters if we use 'begat' instead of the phraseology common to places like 4Chan /b/.
  • by tekrat (242117) on Monday October 14, 2013 @11:20AM (#45122585) Homepage Journal

    So at what temperature does an e-book burn?
    Montag, you're a fireman!

    So, lemme get this straight, they are going to ban all erotica, but "50 Shades of Grey" is still a top seller, right?

    Only books from relatively unknown authors, eh? Yeah, that's not showing any favoritism... Why not shut down the entire Amazon self-publishing arm?

    There's this book I'd like to ban... It's called the Bible, and more people have been murdered via this book than all the guns, videogames, territorial wars, and other sources combined. It is truly evil and needs to be abolished.

  • by kawabago (551139) on Monday October 14, 2013 @11:23AM (#45122643)
    For nearly sixty years, even as a child, pornography never once attacked me or did me any harm. If pornography is harmful, wouldn't breast feeding cause irreparable damage to a child?
  • by John.Banister (1291556) * on Monday October 14, 2013 @01:34PM (#45124101) Homepage
    I just did a quick search for "erotica ebook store" and came up with:
    www.ellorascave.com [ellorascave.com]
    www.ebook-eros.com [ebook-eros.com]
    www.sirenpublishing.com [sirenpublishing.com]
    and of course, literotica.com [literotica.com] is still free.

    If Amazon, B&N and friends don't want that business, I'm sure these folks and others will be happy to have the extra customers. The nice thing about shopping on the internet is that all the stores are equally close.
  • by SlovakWakko (1025878) on Monday October 14, 2013 @01:40PM (#45124179)
    A bunch of major semi-monopolies just voluntarily abandoned a cash-rich piece of their market and left it to smaller alternative distributors. I think this should be applauded. I won't believe even for a second that in the long term (6+ months) the authors of the targeted works will just starve and die, or that their readers will turn to something which Amazon&co. believe they should read. Just look at tpb - it's been hunted for 7+ years, and it's still here. And since the targeted books are not even illegal, there's no chance they will actually get killed. The whole market will just move to different distributors, strengthening the global e-book market in the long term. This time around, human stupidity is actually doing some good to the cause of liberty and free speech, since after today even politically oblivious housewives will have some pretty strong opinions about it :)
  • by xiando (770382) on Monday October 14, 2013 @01:48PM (#45124255) Homepage Journal
    Censorship based on the use of common words is something that happens all over these days. I have a few websites with Google Adsense on them. Google sends spam e-mails about "adult content" on a poetry site I have regularly. It's mostly poetry from the 16th, 17th and 18th century on that site. Words like "lover" trigger their malfunctioning bot. Webmasters have the choice between censoring perfectly normal content, and in my case poems, that no human in their right mind would have a problem with. I'm not shocked or amazed that this is happening with ebooks, Google has been doing this for a long time now. It reminds me of the book 1984. I'm glad this is getting some attention here today - because this is far more common than most people realize.
  • by darth_borehd (644166) on Monday October 14, 2013 @02:11PM (#45124511)

    I remember Barnes & Noble making a big thing about how it supported banned books like Huckleberry Finn and The Lorax. They had signs and buttons reading "I read banned books!" all over the store.

    I guess now its "I only read the books I'm allowed to read!"

  • by skribe (26534) on Monday October 14, 2013 @05:58PM (#45126985) Homepage
    Yeah, Kobo have pulled all their self-published books. Even my children's book has been removed until further notice.
  • by Randym (25779) on Monday October 14, 2013 @06:12PM (#45127105)
    Sign the anti-censorship petition [change.org] at change.org. Currently it is accumulating signatures at the rate of 1 signature every four seconds. Today, Fifty Shades of Grey (virgin enslaved by a billionaire); tomorrow, Ender's Game (children enslaved by the military).

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