Following Porn Flap, Kobo Reassures LGBT Community of Fair Treatment

[Press Release]

KOBO Reassures LGBT Publishers That Their Content Policies Will Be Fair

Kobo Inc, a global ebook distributor, went out of their way to assure Vancouver based Icon Empire Press that their policies will be fair to LGBT publishers. This came after reports that UK based WHSmith ebook site ,which is managed by Toronto based Kobo Inc, had allowed offensive titles to be sold as ebooks on its website. WHSmith has confirmed that it has completely shutdown its website in order to remove all of the offensive ebook titles.

In an email dated October 16, 2013 to Icon Empire Press from Mark Lefebvre, Director, Self-Publishing & Author Relations, stated that all ebooks by Icon Empire Press met their content standards and will continue to be distributed by Kobobooks.com. Kobo’s content policy reiterated that the parameters for acceptable content included most LGBT material and the main purpose of the “purge” was to remove “overt and illegal” material such as pornography, nudity, and sexually explicit content: Adult or explicit material depicting illegal acts or deemed to be exploitative shall be disallowed for publication on kobobooks.com.

Kobo took extra steps to assure LGBT publishing houses that their policy did not specifically target LGBT material.

“Kobo has been a great distributor to work with and has always been fair to all publishers,” says Robert Christofle Publicist for Icon Empire Press.

This is the second time a purge has rocked the publishing industry. In June 2013, Catholic owned Weltbilt Bookstores notified Icon Empire Press of their decision to remove all LGBT Material from their European bookstores and online websites citing “family values” as the reason. This action was taken by Weltbild despite the fact their sites sold soft-core heterosexual porn material. Icon Empire Press incurred a financial loss from Weltbild’s action.

Icon Empire Press is a publisher of gay literary works that seeks to fulfill a deeper understanding of the human spirit.

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