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Initial post: Jun 1, 2010 6:00:05 AM PDT
Brenda TN says:
I am interested in purchasing a Kindle? My question is I don't enjoy reading books with offensive language in them. Could you block certain words or delete them or do you have to take the book as written? I don't this is silly to some but important to me. Thank you

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:03:21 AM PDT
Brad says:
I'm curious... what do you do with real books when you encounter "bad" words?

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:03:39 AM PDT
Sorry, you take the book as written, just as you would a paper book.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:13:04 AM PDT
Brenda TN says:
I realize this doesn't make sense to some, but I put in down. This is personal to me. I love a good book and can't stand all fluff. But I would enjoy it without the words. I would like to find a way to get both.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:14:12 AM PDT
CLB77 says:
You really do need to take the books as they come... but it's easy to avoid vulgar language by making genre choices. There is, for example, a heap of Christian fiction available, which is, generally speaking, obscenity and sex free.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:15:35 AM PDT
D. Figueroa says:
No ereader I've heard of can block 'bad' words or delete words from a book.

You could decide to only buy Christian Fiction and then be pretty sure you won't get words you find offensive, but then you haven't specified what you consider to be 'bad words'. Amazon has a HUGE selection in the Christian genre. Most classics don't contain modern 'bad words', another gigantic variety.

If you're looking to censor modern books, perhaps you should only buy books recommended in the Christianity forum.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:52:19 AM PDT
Pamela says:
There are several Christian publishers on Kindle. Zondervan is one and they have several free books available - or did.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:52:22 AM PDT
January says:
Would you go to Borders or B&N and ask them to black out all the words you find offensive before purchasing a paper book? Of course not! Don't expect Amazon to be your personal censor either.

As adults, we're expected to make our own choices of reading material...and in America that means without censorship.

How do you choose which paper books to read? Use the same methodology to purchase a K edition.

And, just curious, but, if you purchased a K book and you COULD delete "bad" words, wouldn't the odd jump in the context of a sentence or the big black splotch covering the "bad" word make it even more obvious to you? And thus even more offensive?

Finally...if I were an author, I'd be offended by your attempt to censor my work. If you don't like what I write, that's your choice; but once you start deleting words, it is no longer the book I created and copyrighted.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 6:52:48 AM PDT
Sure, you can block offensive words. Get some masking tape, use an exacto knife to cut it to small rectangles, but big enough to cover up an offensive word. Keep these little strips of tape on the edge of your Kindle and when you encounter one of these nasty words simply put a piece of the tape over the word. I'm surprised someone doesn't market a product that has the tape ready to go and attached to the Kindle, there are so many books with profane language in them these days, it's really a shame people have to resort to bad words to get their point across.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 6:57:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2010 6:59:08 AM PDT
Maybe a water based marker? Sharpie wouldn't work unless all the naughty words were in the same place on each page. But won't you still know it's a naughty word, even if it's blocked?

Perhaps you should get an Apple product. Steve likes to censor, too.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:21:28 AM PDT
You can block g---, j---, and z---, but not m--- or r---.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 7:23:38 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Brenda, while I cannot begin to understand aversion of "bad words", you don't seem to be alone in this peculiar view of the art of writing. This is what I would suggest:

- Obtain a sample of the book. Use Kindle search function to check for absence of some of the words you object to. Of course, that means you will have to not only read them, but write them in the search box, but that can't be helped.
- If the sample passes this filter, buy the book, and repeat the rest. If it fails, return it; if you don't do that too often, Amazon CS will not ask any questions.

Incidentally, censorship has been discussed on these board several times. Particularly hilarious was when someone mentioned how an American broadcaster or distributor replaced the 4 letter f-word in "Four Funerals and a Wedding" (first several minutes of dialog consists solely of that word) with "bugger", a word much more offensive for Brits, that is, in the context of the particular film (look it up). More here:

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:26:52 AM PDT
N. Fleischer says:
I appreciate that you want to avoid profanity but I hope there never is such a feature. Blocking would be the first step towards censorship. Any book should remain the way teh author intended. If this in your case is an issue, then you should stick only with authors you are familiar with.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:29:27 AM PDT
GreyDay says:
I wish ebooks WERE editable. I would clean up the typos and the OCR errors in some books. I don't think it is a copyright issue. After all in a dtb you can add comments above the lines, cross out sentences, tear out whole chapters or otherwise edit it, and then sell the marked up book. With an ebook it is only your copy and it CAN'T be sold to someone else.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:31:05 AM PDT
JP Reader Me says:
LOL - if WalMart ever gets into the eBook business maybe they'll require all the Publishers to provide a clean version.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:33:51 AM PDT
Virgoddess says:
I think there are genres you can stick to that would allow you to avoid any naughty words. Things like Young Adult, or Christian Fiction. Maybe if you started tagging books you come across that are bad word free, other people would start to do the same? Or maybe it's already being done? You can search listmania, maybe?

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:45:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2010 7:51:46 AM PDT
Can you block the word "boycott"? I'm really sick of the word "snark" as well.

Anything anyone can do to help would be appreciated.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:45:51 AM PDT
It's really no different than reading a "regular" book. Use the same type of decision making when choosing an e-book.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:46:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2010 7:59:39 AM PDT
jenny8675309 says:
Several months ago I was at BBuy and I noticed that there was DVD player that advertised that it would block profanity and sexual content in movies. Unfortunately, I was not surprised. If you don't want to see/hear certain things, then choose a different movie.

Brenda - Please do not take the next sentence as my trying to be rude or sarcastic toward you, only respectful of your desire to avoid words that you may find offensive. If you read this post, you may want to stop here as I will be using an inappropriate word below.

Dragi - I went back to read that earlier discussion. I have noticed that on TV in the US, many shows use "frig" in place of the other f-word. I wonder how many people know the meaning of that word and if they would still be using it on TV if they did.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 7:56:30 AM PDT
TV shows bleep or overdub many "bad words". The F words is turned into freaking, or friggin. Some channels bleep out the word "butt". It depends on the channel & the sponsors. As mentioned before, "4 Weddings & a Funeral" changes the F word into "bugger", which is considered offensive to Brits.

As far as books go, I don't want anyone censoring my books. I don't like to be pounded with bad words, either in books or movies, but realize it is just part of the scene unless you read nothing but Christian Lit. I choose my movies partially based on ratings, and reviews. If the language is too much and doesn't fit the story, I turn it off. If a book bothers me because of the language, I close the cover. My choice, not someone else's.

Imagine reading through a paperback version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" with the "N" word blackened out. No thank you. While an offensive word certainly, it is a key element of the book itself. Our understanding of the USA in the early 1930's is made clearer when we see the racial bias for what it was, how open the hatred was etc.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 8:56:56 AM PDT
Brenda TN says:
Thanks for the responses. First I read every Christian author out there and enjoy them. I am not wanting any rights taken away or out on any witch hunt. What a person reads is their business. I agree. I realize I don't have to read it. I was just asking if it was possible for me to personally for myself only block some out on a personal device. There are some good authors out there with great books. That shouldn't into a discussion of censorship any more than asking someone in your own home not to use offensive language.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 9:08:13 AM PDT
There is a huge difference between asking someone in your home to watch their language, and the "ability" of a device to block out certain words. Who would decide what words should be blocked? Should it be a regional thing? I don't like the "f" word, or the "c" word. Reading damn every so often doesn't bother me unless it's linked with G-d. You may feel differently, or dislike different words.

It's just not practical in any sense. I've read plenty of books with little if any "swear words", but reading adult fiction with no "bad words" at all is rare.

How do you deal with a paperback book if you come across a word that offends you?

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 9:55:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2010 9:56:57 AM PDT
CJS says:
I'm with Brenda 100% on this. I would love it if my Kindle could block the words "ass" and "damn" in my KJV Bible. ;)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 9:57:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2010 11:19:38 AM PDT
Aikane Kai says:
This is just sad.
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