Skip to comments.Amazon removes incest-related erotica titles from store, Kindle archive
Posted on 12/12/2010 6:48:03 PM PST by Raymann
A discussion thread on Amazons Kindle Community forum notes that Amazon has begun removing some previously-published books or stories from its store, and from the Kindle archives. Readers who have previously downloaded them to their Kindles can keep them there, but cannot re-download them (and will be refunded the price of purchase assuming Amazon can still find the purchase record).
The story whose removal sparked the discussion was an erotica title called Wicked Lovely by author Jess C. Scott. The tale dealt with incest, and involved a love scene between a 17- and an 18-year-old. However, Amazon would not tell Scott specifically what caused the removal of her novel. The only response she has received, after repeatedly trying to contact Amazon for more information, is a form letter:
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Will they be banning “Lolita”?
They’re only removing the books normal people don’t care to read.
Now bring on the sci-fi (not involving incest).
Well there goes Jim Webb’s career as a novelist.
>>Will they be banning Lolita?<<
Or “Tom Sawyer?”
Or “Catcher In the Rye?”
Well, Mr. Esptein will find that frustrating. So will his daughter.
Evil is no longer viewed as evil.
>>Theyre only removing the books normal people dont care to read.<<
Yes, book burning, whether virtual or in reality, always advances knowledge and thinking.
Does “Fahrenheit 451” ring a bell?
As I said, next up for burning: “Tom Sawyer”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “Willard”, and of the older genre: “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” The Biblical “Song of Solomon.”
Maybe parents should guide their children in understanding literature rather than merely snatching it from the eyes.
Freedom requires thinking and responsibility.
Not to worry — they can sell those books in San Freakcisco....
No, but Edipus Rex has been banned.
People can write, read and publish whatever they want. Like Amazon said, they reserve the right to judge that books are in good standing with their guidelines for what’s to be sold. I don’t care to know about a relationship a father has with his children, or brother and sister learning how to kiss.
It’s completely disgusting, and if those books are banned/burned, the better off people will be.
Fahrenheit 451 has zero bearing here. This is an exercise of freedom, not a restriction of freedom. Amazon has made a business choice. They have every right to do so.
But of course the liberals would scream bloody murder if they banned “The Vagina Monologues”. Those monologues include some non-consensual lesbian sex with an underage girl, but that’s considered “art” by the liberals.
Just saying, if we’re going to make value judgements and ban something with an incest theme, where will lines be drawn and who gets to make those judgements?
Isn’t Amazon a private business that can make whatever decisions it thinks are profitable?
Aw, crap. You stole my response ! :-P
Jeff Bezos gets to make the decision. If you go out and build an online business, you will get to decide what you sell just the same as he does.
‘Incest, a Fun Game for the Whole Family’
I recently re-read Tom Sawyer. I missed the incest episodes. Possibly you could point them out for me.
I wonder if they pulled the “Pedophilia for Dummies” yet.
There goes the biography of Cleopatra.
>>I recently re-read Tom Sawyer. I missed the incest episodes. Possibly you could point them out for me.<<
Tom Sawyer used the “N” word. That was sufficient to have it burned.
>>Amazon has made a business choice. They have every right to do so.<<
Heck yeah. Just a bad one, based on hysteria. It is still book burning, which I have never said is against anyone’s rights.
>>Its completely disgusting, and if those books are banned/burned, the better off people will be.<<
I cannot possibly top (or even address) that. I guess we are left with the Bible and all else is Satan spawn.
I started with what was basically a disclaimer.
Whenever I have kids, I don’t want them to know books like that even exist.
Whenever I have kids, I dont want them to know books
like that even exist.
Who's business acumen has built a huge empire from scratch? Yours or Jeff's?
Giving in to popular hysteria is an old and revered business tactic. I would never suggest Mr. Bezos' (unlike you, I don't know him well enough to refer to him by his given name) judgment is not a result of business calculus. If he torches his inventory to keep the townspeople with pitchforks from his doors I don't blame him in the slightest.
Using the n-word is hateful, but not criminal. Incest (even between consenting adults) is.
The n-word was a common word in 19th century literature personally, I think the passages from some books such as Tom Sawyer are important to at least give positive lessons from, such as the fact that such a word is not in the place it was in 19th century America, times have changed. Mark Twain was honestly, I believe, trying to reflect how things were in America in that time period, and it’s rediculous to say that they were’t it’s history, and hopefully we learned how to get over it.
I would also add that the Holy Bible wasn’t clean of much of what we had mentioned, but it does bring to light negative consequences, some of which are possible in today’s world as well. Affairs which end in someone getting killed as a cover-up are possible, family feuds (David vs. Absalom), and a whole lot more.
Yup. I’ve never been big on allegory.
“>>I recently re-read Tom Sawyer. I missed the incest episodes. Possibly you could point them out for me.<<
Tom Sawyer used the N word. That was sufficient to have it burned.”
The “N” word? “N” word? OH! The “N” word! “Naughty”! yes that is it! “Naughty” Tom and Huck were “Naughty”! Oh I can see why the book was burned, libs don’t want to ruin boy’s self esteem by calling them “Naughty”~~
Tongue in cheek? ‘Hope so.