Kobo Removing All Books Published Through Draft2Digital
October 14, 2013 | 11:35 am
By Juli Monroe
The hurricane surrounding the self-published erotica overreaction in the media continues. Several authors on KBoards are reporting that all their titles (erotica or otherwise) that have been uploaded to Kobo via Draft2Digital have been removed.
Here’s the draft of a letter received from Draft2Digital by one of the KBoards authors:
“We have discovered that over the weekend Kobo removed all books published through our account. While we have received no official word concerning this issue, we believe this is related to recent articles in the media concerning erotica titles available at WHSmith and Kobo’s storefronts.
However, Kobo’s response to this situation seems to have been removal of all books for any publishers (including distributors) that have offending titles until they find a solution.
I deeply regret that authors who have released books that are not erotica have been affected by this situation as well.
We are working aggressively to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and we will keep you updated as we learn more information.”
Other authors are reporting that titles uploaded directly to Kobo have been removed.
As with any breaking story, I encourage people to do some basic fact checking before jumping to conclusions. For example, there is a Facebook page reporting that various fantasy authors have been removed and blocked from Kobo. When I search for those authors’ books, I found at least some of them. One of the authors whose entire profile was reported “removed” still books had on sale.
Obviously the WHSmith story has repercussions, and I suspect we’ll be seeing more of them throughout the coming weeks, but there’s a lot of information flying, and some of it will be misinformation.
By the way, one of the rumors flying around is that Amazon is removing books in the targeted categories from Kindles. I highly doubt that to be the case, but if any readers have information one way or the other, I’d appreciate you sharing it.