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message 1: by Virginia (new)

Virginia Llorca | 34 comments A while back there was a discussion about whether you should put "adult content" or "explicit material" on your listing and the consensus seemed to be don't because Smashwords will put you on the page with all the incest books and BDSM books, etc. Have any of you heard about how Smashwords is changing their policy because PayPal won't work with them anymore if they carry that type of book?

Doesn't effect me, but I am wondering about the censorship issues here. It is pretty much a political hot potato. Comments?

message 2: by P. S. (new)

P. S. Wright (PSWright) | 1 comments Someone else apparently reported my book as containing "adult content". Although the book is pretty gritty and parents should be advised to read it before deciding if it's right for their kids, there is nothing in it that would classify it as "adult". But now my book doesn't show up if you have the adult content filter on. I've been following the Paypal issue. Sounds as if they are working something out. I would hate for paypal to prevent people from buying a book that is legal, esp in the case of one like mine that actually isn't pornographic.

message 3: by Virginia (new)

Virginia Llorca | 34 comments Yeah. They toss the words around, "Sexy, hot, explicit, adult." I use "racy". What book doesn't at least hint at that aspect of human interaction?

Glad Mark Coker stood up for Smashwords and PayPal came to an agreement with him.



message 4: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (normalgirl) | 398 comments I think that any book that does not contain porno scenes should NOT be labeled adult. Otherwise, that would censor a lot of YA novels. Including the one Im currently writing.

message 5: by Virginia (new)

Virginia Llorca | 34 comments But then someone would have to define "porno" which is being discussed in at least three different threads (2 on Goodreads I know of right now.) And that seems to be open to wide interpretation. The consensus seems to be with the necessity to the story versus the desire to "titillate". A rocky road.

message 6: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (normalgirl) | 398 comments Well, describing sexual scenes in graphic detail, I think isnt necessary to the main plot of a story, but Im only almost 20 so maybe Im baised.

message 7: by Karina (new)

Karina Kantas | 4 comments everything is sorted with Paypal now. No more problems when it comes to erotic fiction.

Adult content doesn't necessarily mean porn or erotica it could refer to gore or extreme violence.

I think as long as the author puts a note about the content on the blurb there shouldn't be a problem.

message 8: by Gary (new)

Gary Wilson | 5 comments My question is - when did paypal become the morals police?

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