Could Self-Censorship Save Self-Publishing?

shutterstock_138780968Prominent e-tailers are taking down self-published ebooks following reports that sites like Amazon and Kobo had unwittingly made pornographic content available.

And in the UK, WH Smith has gone so far as to take its entire site offline until “all self published ebooks have been removed and we are totally sure that there are no offending titles available.”

In an attempt to keep such content from populating sites like WH Smith that get ebooks from Kobo via an automated feed, the company is pulling down titles that independent authors uploaded using Draft2Digital. In reply to DBW’s request for comment, a Kobo spokesperson explained, “Kobo has reviewed its catalogue and removed the content, authors and publishers in question.”

Richard Stephenson, CEO of publishing-service provider YUDU suggests that three simple rules could be just what the self-publishing industry needs.

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The rest of the day’s top news:

Self-Published Erotica Titles Pulled From Major Ebook Stores (Good E Reader)

DBW spoke with the Good E Reader to give a breaking audio update on the firestorm of erotica titles being pulled from major bookstores.
Unoffending Self-Published Ebooks Caught in Kobo’s Dragnet (TeleRead)
Some authors are reporting that their ebooks have been erroneously taken down by Kobo in the company’s attempt to sanitize its Draft2Digial offerings. This commentator wisely advises that all claims and breaking news be taken with a grain of salt.

Pearson’s New App Makes Print Textbooks Interactive (DBW)

The Pearson BouncePages App lets textbook users take a picture of tagged pages to launch interactive content. Pearson worked with interactive-print company Layar to create the app.

Ebook Network Widbook Opens U.S. Office (DBW)
The company has opened offices in San Francisco with intentions to capitalize on the U.S. ebook market. The self-publishing and crowd-writing platform has also recently achieved 70,000 members and released an Android app.

Frankfurt Book Fair Turnout Down Slightly (Pub Lunch)
This year Frankfurt reported 275,342 total visitors and close to 143,000 trade-day visitors. Jurgen Boos, the fair’s director noted, “there is a plethora of new, creative players, including start-ups, tech specialists, investors and business developers in all the creative industries.”

Phablets and the South Korean Mobile Market (All Things D)
Of the Android devices in that country, 41% are phablets, according to Flurry Analytics. One company told Flurry that 68% of its revenue came from game apps. The prevalence of phablets certainly has implications for mobile e-reading too.

Will Ebooks Make Libraries Obsolete? (TechCrunch)
In the current digital age, information is available online and books that aren’t physical don’t take up any shelf space. With ebooks becoming more and more ubiquitous, libraries may need a new mission.

Iceland: Most Books Published Per Capita (BBC News)
One in every ten of the country’s 300,000+ residents will publish a book. One novelist explains it simply, “We are a nation of storytellers.”

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