Several people have pointed out to me via email I don’t list all of the non-public domain books available for free on the Amazon website, and wanted to know why I wasn’t telling you about the Erotica-category books that have been made available for free. I thought it important enough to put the answer out for everyone.
There are a couple of answers to this question – the first is lately I believe there has been enough material offered for free from Amazon and other non-Amazon sites to keep you busy: I’ve been averaging around 100 books (plus or minus) I tell you about each month via this blog, in addition to trying to keep it “personable” and inform you about various tips and shortcuts.
The second is while I may post about a free hot and steamy romance (my Dad calls them “lust in the dust” books), I’m going to draw the line at books offered for free in Amazon’s “Erotica” category: people under 18 I personally know read this blog, and I am sure there are many more. As a parent I think kids have enough pornography thrown at them each and every day, and I certainly don’t want a stranger / blog poster throwing it in my kids’ faces so I will return the favor by not doing the same.
In my opinion, the books and offerings in Amazon’s “Erotica” category are pornography, and Amazon is going to have to do something to screen it from minors in the books section as well as the numerous blogs catering to similar tastes (no pun intended). I can think of several ways a kid can get access to this stuff with a Kindle account and their parents would never know – I won’t discuss it in the blog for obvious reasons – and I’d be willing to wager a lawsuit will happen against Amazon, and Amazon will lose big bucks.
Am I a prude? The people who actually know me and are reading this will laugh at that comment as I’m not: I’m a parent, and I feel pretty strong about it. There’s enough free material out there without lowering standards. Will this stand make the subscriber base decrease for the blog? I hope not but, at the end of the day, the number of subscribers are not my motivation for blogging.
Okay, I will get off of my soapbox and back to our regularly scheduled programming…
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