Amazon is at it again — banning erotica from its store and forcing dozens (perhaps hundreds) of authors to make changes to covers, titles, and descriptions of niche erotica, effectively rendering those titles invisible to consumers.
It’s a slippery slope, and Selena Kitt has already written about it here. And here. And there’s an active thread on kindle boards here.
In one positive development, it does seem that the Amazon content department is allowing us to state that we’ve been subject to censorship on our covers. Here’s an example below (yellow logo, black text):
Let’s break the silence and spread the word! Let our readers know what Amazon is doing under its covers….
For folks who want to place a similar badge on their covers, I’m posting both jpg and zipped PSD versions of the yellow ‘I got censored — Support free speech’ logo. Feel free to use either in any of your work. Or not. The choice is up to you. But unless we make some noise about this, it’s not going to get any better.
I thought it might be nice to show folks before and after images of covers. To give you an idea of what Amazon deems ‘offensive.’
Here’s a side-by side comparison of another title that got banned. I’m not certain if the revision will pass their review process or not….Clearly, you can see that the first cover is pure, smutty, vile filth. Good thing they unpublished this work to protect us. Thank you, Amazon content department. Your unwavering support of moral decency is enriching lives the world over.
Disgusting, offensive smut below:
Now, please don’t be shocked, but here’s another image. I hope Amazon’s content department sees it, because this looks like hardcore porn to me. I’m sure wearing it encourages deviant behavior such as breeding, saying the word ‘daddy’ during orgasm, and the insertion of hard tabs into wet slots.
Where can you find such abominations? The fetish mag called Victoria’s Secret, that’s where. Quick, someone break out the chastity belts!
And now for your Amazon moment of zen:
And if you need a ‘massager’ in Health and Personal care:
Thank you, Amazon content department, for making this world a safer, cleaner place. Where would we be without you?