Kobo Explains Its Removal of Draft2Digital Titles

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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”

Related: Three Simple Censorship Rules That Can Help Safeguard Self-Published Ebooks

18 thoughts on “Kobo Explains Its Removal of Draft2Digital Titles

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  4. Elyse

    Are you going to begin removing the erotica novels penned by famous authors and large publishing companies as well?

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  5. Elyse

    Are you going to begin to remove erotica novels being penned by famous authors and large publishing companies as well?

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    1. Crystal S

      if they are removing books with erotica content then they better bet their ass they best remove books by famous publishers! that is not fair, any of it! we are adults…we now know who the mature ones are.

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      1. Amy

        No books should be removed at all. Regardless if it is a self-published title or from a big publishing house. Besides, self-published are often better anyway because they don’t have to deal with politics. But the point is they should not be removing a single title from their online stores like they have been. They’re violating civil rights.

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  6. Chelsea Rafferty

    Its not up to E-Reading sites to “ban” whatever they want because someone else might find it offensive. The problem is ALL of you don’t put up a curtain letting erotic authors post….so it shows up on someones feed who it offends. How is it your other customers rights to decide what I READ?! If they don’t like it, DON’T BUY IT!

    All of the publishing houses need to create a “wall” where erotic readers/authors can post and still read but yet its behind a wall where those it offends, it won’t reach.

    I do NOT agree with any censorship of any kind. Its not your choice or any other e-reader site to decide what I can or cannot read.

    As publishers of indie authors/authors/publishing houses you need to stand up AGAINST censorship.

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  7. Brittany

    This is complete and utter bullshit. Where’s our refunds for the books we have bought that you have removed then? We as customers have purchased books from you and other companies as well, if you’re going to remove the books that we love and enjoy and have purchased than you need to refund our money. And we will take our business elsewhere.

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  8. Trish

    So novels that come from major publishing houses that fall into the Erotica category are ok but Indie authors that have made the NY Times Best Sellers list are out because they are independent?
    Kobo you just lost a customer who has spent lots on books from your site but due to your blanket attack on authors – you will never get another penny from me! Bad business move attacking all Indie authors that used that portal to upload.

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  9. Amy

    This is all just a bunch of fucking hypocrites. Outside organizations are the ones that are in an uproar about content on websites. It’s not even these companies own customers complaining. It’s complete and utter bullshit that these sites are telling me what I can and cannot read or write about. Just because they don’t like it. If we’re going to go by what someone likes, I have a list of titles for you to remove that I don’t like. Top of the list: Fifty Shades of Grey. That series was total crap. Would you like to hear more?

    You are taking away an individual’s right to choose by banning books. You are opening yourselves up to a civil rights lawsuit. You want to complain about morals being compromised? Stop being a hypocrite…that’s a good start. You want to be able to say whatever you feel like but anyone that doesn’t agree can’t. Pot, meet kettle.

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  10. angie

    huh…removing erotica huh? they why did you leave 50 shades of grey? oh yeah cuz it is a big publisher and not an indie author…..Silly silly me!!!

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  11. Jennifer Stevenson

    DBW, perhaps you haven’t actually talked to any authors lately. Many authors, upon inspecting their books at Kobo, are finding that their books have been mis-categorized (their BISAC/BIC codes scrambled) against their original filings as “religious” or “inspirational.”

    Obviously the author of an erotic or highly sexy book will not upload their own book as religious or inspirational; that would be sales suicide.

    Therefore, somehow these books are getting miscategorized once they have entered Kobo’s system.

    Which then leads to complaints from customers who (apparently not looking at the covers with naked people) are shocked and horrified at the content.

    Why aren’t you looking into that? Why isn’t Kobo looking into that?

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  12. lynn clifton

    what happen to our freedom? are we now going to have others say what we can or cannot read? just because some do not like certain type of books, that is not a reason to not let anyone read them. i am glad that i do not have a kobo or even think of using an account with it. i do not know about all people, but for myself, i want to be able to read what i want and what i enjoy. this is just to much…

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