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#1 Jean Oram

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 11:08 AM

Kobo has pulled all Digital 2 Draft uploaded ebooks from their UK stores. Many Smashwords titles are missing. And even books uploaded using Kobo Writing Life are gone.

 

Why? Some content that breaks the user agreement has been uploaded and WH Smith in the UK--Kobo's partner--actually shut down their store website until the matter has been resolved. Kobo is trying to minimize the impact by pulling titles.

 

So what? Well, it isn't just erotica being pulled accidentally. Sci fi is being pulled. Content from small publishers. Even my 'behind closed doors' innocent romance was pulled from the UK store.

 

Things like this will happen while these vendors figure out the ins and outs of what they are doing. There is no need to panic. No need to pull from Kobo. Just be aware and minimize the impact. Make sure you do things like have a website. Have a mailing list. Make sure you have your own ground to contact your readers.

 

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 03:19 PM

Here's the thing, they're afraid of minors getting a hold of one of these books, but if you've ever shopped online, you know you need a credit card. No minor has a credit card, so why pull the books?

 

This also has to do with people blatantly ignoring their TOS. They (all the sites in this) have stated in their TOS that they WILL NOT publish rape, incest bestiality. So what are they supposed to do if people don't follow their rules? I mean come on, labelling a book about a father having sex with his child as Children's?

 

I understand about censorship, and that people are afraid this MIGHT lead to other categories being purged, but do we really think this? Or are we being paranoid?      


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:47 PM

The most surprising thing is possibly how unprepared they (Kobo) were. The knee-jerk reaction is human. But to run a big business and not have a contingency plan in place? And I am assuming there was no contingency plan if they are doing things like removing all books uploaded through D2D and such. (And WH shutting down their entire site.)

 

I am also kind of thinking they (Kobo) are hiding a bit. The email they sent me was easy to disregard. No hint that my book had been removed or that me and my works were involved in any way shape or form. The only way I could confirm if anything had happened was via someone with a UK IP address. (They looked up my book--bless their heart.)

 

A lot of authors I've spoken to don't understand. They see their book on the Kobo.com site and think they are fine. But it isn't in the US, it is in the UK and what UK users see is different because the Kobo site knows what your location is and adjusts content accordingly.

 

I don't depend on income (free book) from the Kobo site, but if I did I would have very strong words!

 

As such, I did send an email to Kobo asking them to explain their actions. Sadly, their terms of service state that they reserve the right to pull content without warning or notice so they *are* within their rights. It's just if we are severing ties and withdrawing content that we have to give them 10 days notice. (If I understand the ToS correctly through Kobo Writing Life.)


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