Sunday, March 4, 2012

PayPal As Moral Police or Commerce Bully?

This is bordering on censorship and is unfair.  Should PayPal and other online payment services decide what adults choose to purchase?

“Adult content has long been a big draw, and one of the most profitable, in the world of digital media, but a recent move by PayPal is a sign of how one part of that business may be facing some problems up ahead.

Smashwords, an e-book distributor that competes with Amazon, has sent out a letter to the authors, publishers and literary agents that it works with to tell them that PayPal is requiring Smashwords to remove all erotica content on its platform that contains references to bestiality, rape and incest – otherwise it will stop doing business with Smashwords altogether.”

Smashwords is the publisher for the ebook version of my novel, The Year of the Rabbit.  They have filters on their site for listing content that may be deemed “adult”, etc.  People can use judgement in making their own decisions to browse or purchase items.

As mentioned in a previous post, my novel is not considered erotica yet contains a “brief” teenage sex scene and reference to incest.   It does not promote nor condone.  It strives to educate. 

Please support Smashwords and other ebook publishers.  


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