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SALON.COM | Amazon’s porn censorship is inconsistent and unfair.

11/04/2013 1 Comment

Amazon bans self-published porn ebooks but lets conventional ones stay, even if their content's way more extreme.

Thanks to the Internet, we now have access to more (and filthier) porn than any generation in history. And that porn is available in more places than you might imagine ‚Äî not least through the world's largest online retailer. As Jeremy Wilson pointed out in a recent article at the Kernel, Amazon sells material through its website that ‚”appears perilously close to glorifying incest and child rape.‚” One particularly hideous title includes a mother being raped by her daughter; subsequently, the daughter's syphilitic associate also rapes the mother, after which they sew her vagina shut. Another title features graphic descriptions of bestiality and underage sex, and includes a description of an actual rape presented as a fantasy for titillation.

Wilson's article focuses on self-published pornographic ebooks available through Amazon. It is but one of a number of articles over the last few weeks that have expressed shock and revulsion at the ‚”vile trade in online rape porn,‚” as a typically reserved Daily Mail headline put its. Online retailers have responded with panic at the negative publicity. Amazon has engaged in widespread deletion of self-published books‚Äî which, full disclosure, affects me directly, since I've penned some ebook naughtiness myself. According to bestselling erotica writer Selena Kitt, her book ‚”Babysitting the Baumgartners,‚” which I discussed on Salon, was deleted until she changed the title to ‚”Sitting the Baumgartners.‚” WHSmith in Britain actually took its website offline while it removed not just all erotic self-published titles, but all self-published titles, period. Kobo is also making sweeping deletions.

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Amazon's porn censorship is inconsistent and unfair – Salon.com.

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  • And that’s what I brought my tablet for. Oh well!


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