What proportion of self-published ebooks are “erotic”? According to a Digital Book World analysis, nearly a third.
Compare that with the roughly 1% of traditionally published ebooks that are “erotic.”
Considering that adult content is a main driver of Internet traffic worldwide, it may not be surprising that self-published authors have responded to this demand. What is surprising is that nearly 10% of this self-published erotic content contains themes of incest and bestiality, drawing outcries from readers around the world.
Last week, Amazon, Kobo and other leading ebook retailers started to deal with this problem. Based on the DBW analysis, it may be more widespread than previously thought and may need more than spot responses.
Read more, including charts and graphs visualizing the issue.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
Tablet and E-Reader Adoption Continues to Rise (DBW)
According to the latest stats from Pew, nearly a quarter of Americans now own an e-reader and more than a third own tablets. Nearly half now own one or the other.
Learn about the latest in device adoption and the e-reading market at Digital Book World 2014.
Macmillan Opens Entire Ebook Back-List to Libraries (DBW)
The large publisher has made 11,000 ebooks available to libraries for purchase. Related: What’s New With Ebooks and Libraries?
Spanish Spotify for Ebooks (The Digital Reader)
Another ebook subscription service has popped up in Spain. Related: Scribd CEO Reveals the Deal for Publishers For Subscription Ebook Revenue.
UK Ebook Prices Set to Fall (thisismoney.co.uk)
The European Union has ordered the UK to lower its value-added tax on ebooks to 0% from 20%. That should put a dent in prices.
Ebooks Booming in Brazil? (The Digital Reader)
The ebook market in Brazil more than quadrupled in 2012, according to new data. That’s the good news. The bad news? It’s still less than 1% of the overall Brazilian ebook market. Call it “baby leaps.”
Gates Foundation Funds E-Reader Charity (DBW)
A grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide eight libraries in Kenya with 250 e-readers to promote literacy in the African state.
Kobo Assures LGBT Community (DBW)
Following last week’s issues at Kobo with content that some people found objectionable, the ebook retailer has moved to reassure LGBT publishers that it would treat them fairly.
New Imprint at Bloomsbury (PW)
Sigma will publish books in the growing popular science category.
Hebrew-Language Ebook Retailer Launches (DBW)
New Israeli ebook retailer Booxilla will work to make sure that Hebrew-language ebooks are available in EPUB3 format.
Why Try and Reinvent the Book? (The Digital Reader)
One ebook blogger questions why everyone is trying to reinvent the book, based on the latest in recent reports on companies trying to do so. A fair question. A fair answer? Because we can.
Where to Find Out of Print Books in Digital (Irish Times)
Ebooks have given new life to books previously out of print. But where are the best places to find these lost gems?
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