After a hard week of depublishing books perhaps.
I got a picture of a spilled ink bottle earlier. They’re back now.
I got an email from them yesterday, saying most books are back on the U.K. site now.
Someone who didn’t think about it enough made the poor choice of putting up a graphic which implied that the poor website owners – whose ‘raze it to the ground’ attitude toward self-published books RESULTED in a mess – needed some time off to recoup. Poor dears.
If they were concerned with their authors (ie, the people who create content they sell, and thus provide them with MONEY), they would have put up a graphic that implied 1) they were sorry for the blanket action, and 2) they were working hard to contain their own problems so that the authors who DIDN’T need to be banned (or moved to the ‘adult content’ section) could be back online, WITH their apologies, as quickly as possible.
There seems to be a ‘why don’t we make it worse’ attitude going on in publishing.
The result: their suppliers (those self-same authors) are now LEERY of them.
I was beginning to think Kobo would be a good alternative to Amazon, but they have shown that they are nothing but amateurs.
I got an email from them saying, basically, “… this is the fault of self-pub authors, who want to publish bestiality and incest stories…”, and I was like, WTF.
Kobo, you are a moron.
Yep. Totally agree.
Yeah, I got the “naughty incest authors are to blame” e-mail. Still doesn’t make me feel any better for having my books pulled, none of which at all violated any of their T&Cs. Still irked, even though their back on line now.
I agree with all you guys. My contemporary fantasy (no sex) is STILL down. They never managed to put my dark fantasy in their store, although it was supposedly published. AND they had my contemporary fantasy categorized as “Religious Fiction.” Not. From what I can see, they were morons before they ever got around to nuking indie books.
So your contemporary fantasy was classified as Religious Fiction and still pulled? I read a lot of religious fiction and haven’t yet come across one with incest or bestiality. So why pull it?
Yes, that’s a rhetorical question.
I pulled all my books from Kobo, period. (I go through Smashwords; only took a few days for the opt-out to go through.) I’m not sure what will convince me to go back to them, but this ain’t it.
I pulled my one and only self-pubbed book from Kobo, basically due to some of my FB acquaintances having their books yanked from Kobo.
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