Amazon is now banning select erotica

December 12th, 2010 by Amanda Young

A discussion thread on Amazon’s 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.

In addition to Jess Scott, Selena Kitt and Esmerelda Green have also had books with an incest theme recently banned from the site. All of them, incidentally, high in the rankings and in visibility. Selena even reports a print book missing, a title which she published through Amazon-owned Createspace.

To be perfectly honest, I’m now waiting to see how long it takes Amazon to yank down a few of my stories. I’m sure those of you reading this know exactly which stories I’m referring to. Frankly, I’m just wondering what’s next. Will all erotica books be removed or just those published through small press? I’m sure they won’t touch mainstream erotica. *rolls eyes*

You can read more by clicking HERE and HERE.

Or if you’d like to help spread the word, file a complaint, or request a refund for one of the books that have been yanked with no explanation from your Kindle archive, here’s a little pertinent information to help you achieve your task.

You can post on Amazon’s board about it here (as long as they don’t delete the thread):

http://www.amazon.com/tag/kindle/forum/ref=cm_cd_ttp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding\
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You can tweet about it using this tag: #amazoncensors

Utilize whatever you can – Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Jeff’s Bezos direct address (head of Amazon)

Jeff Bezos
Amazon.com, Inc.
1200 12th Ave, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98122

Executive Customer Relations:
ecr@amazon.com

and all the members on the board of directors:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&p=irol-govmanage

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