I was wondering if anyone knows of any other author who's had their books deleted by Amazon, without warning/explanation.
I posted here (on the Kindle DTP forum): http://forums.digitaltextplatform.com/dtp
But I've included it below, in case Amazon "happens to delete" my post there.
I recently had one of my ebooks deleted without warning or explanation. After writing to the DTP/Amazon team, they replied with the following:
"During our review process, we found that your title contains content that is in violation of our content guidelines. As a result, we have removed the book from our store."
The title in question was an erotic fiction book. I have had very vague replies from the Amazon team as to HOW my book's content violated the content guidelines.
I have some information on the book here: http://jesscscott.wordpress.com/2010/07/1
The content guidelines on Amazon do not have clear guidelines as to what is considered as "acceptable" in the erotica genre. I see other similarly-themed books still available for purchase, and see books with the subjects of rape, bestiality, etc, available for purchase (books that have not been deleted from Amazon's catalog). If underage sex is illegal, why is Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" still available for purchase?
I have asked multiple times for a reason as to why my book was removed, and which aspect of my book's content violated the guidelines. Amazon's response:
"As stated in our content guidelines, we reserve the right to determine what content we consider to be appropriate. This content includes both the cover art image and the content within the book."
Has anyone else experienced something similar?
I am interested in an explanation from Amazon because I see other incest/taboo erotica books still available for purchase. I also told them that the sexual scene in my book is consensual (and both characters are 18 when "the deed is done"). There's another scene at the beginning when one of the girls is younger, but it's more of a diary account than "pornographic material."
Subjects such as rape and bestiality are OK, and something in my book is not? Is it to do with a scene of a guy trying on lingerie? Whose undies did I get up in a bunch?
Erotica vs. Pornography -- who's making the rules up at Amazon?
Amazon Content Guidelines: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=15015801
The content guidelines are very vague, and do not state what is acceptable in erotica.