I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about the Kobo and WH Smith issue with taking books off the shelves because of erotica or pornographic subject. It seems the big issue is that when books get downloaded through the distributors such as Kobo and Amazon and the likes, there doesn’t seem to be a filter system.
Clearly I am thinking the whole situation is a bit exaggerated. First, I think it would be near impossible and impractical for distributors to be able to read every book that gets downloaded as the manpower alone to keep up with the number of books being downloaded would be ludicrous on its own, never mind the length of time it would take until the book would go through such process itself before it could become published.
Now I’m not saying there is an immediate resolution but I was under the impression there were guidelines for the process to be adhered to and if such unacceptable written material were to get through the system, I would have assumed the best watch dogs would be the reviewers? I mean, who best to patrol better than the trolls just waiting to spot something that doesn’t seem just?
Political correctness is rampant and I thought we could rely on such watchdogs to do the babysitting? Outside of that, I can’t imagine what these distributors and retailers can do to police the issue. It frightens me to think that perhaps they may eventually be able to use some newfangled type of software program that detects certain words, words that could be misconstrued with a seemingly innocent book which may have a ‘bad word’ or two in it, thus banning the complete book.
I suppose those are things that concern me when I hear such chatter on these types of matters, because usually the resolutions become too extreme and begin to affect all writers in the fallout. These are just my thoughts. What are your thoughts on the subject?