A lot of the fuss surrounding Amazon and other online retailers’ adult catalogs has died down, with the result that things are returning to some semblance of normal.
Every author’s experience has been a little different, and I don’t want to downplay other people’s inconveniences — I’m well aware that I escaped with only minor hassles relative to other authors.
But as far as the total damage on my end goes:
- Everything is gone from Kobo, and it’s not worth my while to try and put things back up. It was always a tiny fraction of my sales, getting paid by them required using D2D because their system couldn’t work with my credit union, and they’ve proven themselves to be entirely willing to throw erotica authors under the bus. No point in taking the time to resubmit there.
- Amazon ended up pulling three titles down, but allowing two of them back up with only minor keyword tweaks. Dickgirl Cheerleaders #4: Virgin Co-Ed’s Deflowering is awaiting review with a new and less explicit title, which is fine by me — that one was always a bit of a keyword alphabet soup anyway, and while it undeniably sold well as a result, I don’t mind having it sound slightly less tacky.
- Barnes & Nobles didn’t seem to give a shit, and they get full marks in my book for ignoring nearly all of the fuss. I honestly wish more people used their ebook store — of all the retailers, they seem the most open and encouraging of adult content no matter how exotic or kinky the fetishes get. Everything I’ve published is still available there, unchanged from the original editions.
- And Smashwords, of course, is the only one of the lot to actually have a simple on/off adult content toggle, meaning their business rolled on as usual. All my titles are still available there.
I’ll fiddle with the “My Books” tab today to try and get everything up to date (it’s due for a more major reworking in the near future anyhow). But for now, you should be able to buy any titles you want from Smashwords or B&N, and all but Dickgirl Cheerleaders #4 from Amazon.
And yes, given that DGC4 is basically identical in theme and content to all the other titles in its series, that does mean that Amazon’s approach was meaningless and arbitrary. Is this a surprise to anybody?