The company has been pulling titles that independent authors uploaded using Draft2Digital in an effort to keep erotica content from populating sites like WH Smith that get titles from Kobo via an automated feed.
In reply to DBW’s request for comment, a Kobo spokesperson wrote:
“Kobo has reviewed its catalogue and removed the content, authors and publishers in question. We are also evaluating new procedures to help ensure that this type of content will not become available on Kobo’s site, or those of our partners in the future. This unfortunate situation is the result of a select group of publishers and authors violating the self-publishing policies of our platform. These titles have been removed and we will address the individuals in question directly. Our goal is not to negatively impact the freedom of expression and the work of the amazing self-published community that has been created at Kobo.com. We thank those who have brought this issue to our attention and will provide an update on further steps we are taking by Tuesday, October 15 at 10 a.m. EST”