I listened to Selena Kitt over on Dead Robots Society
I liked what she had to say. She is a smart cookie.
BUT… again what I disagree with is the basic fact when you talk about All Romance eBooks or Bookstrand or Fictionwise they may have ended up selling edgy stuff because they have been selling Erotic Romance and so on but they really are not setup to handle selling porn.
There is no age restriction stuff, no warnings, and no age verification built in and it’s that structural evidence that causes the issues. People uploading stuff that does not fit the format or the purpose of the website involved or what the owners have used to handle credit card processing “agreement wise” and so on from the ground up. The very reasons most of them have a TOS in the first place.
That is not addressed in this interview and that is the real issue I have. Was Siren breaking a few of their own rules with their own content? Sure, but that is on them and now they have to clean up their own house because they are under the microscope. It’s not if porn is good or bad… I buy it, and I am fine in stating I buy it, and I read it. Smart people do that stuff when they are being honest.
What I see is an almost underhanded abuse of these eBook vendors by the porn publishers and writers uploading their stuff to websites obviously not meant to handle hardcore porn. People ignoring the obvious for their own benefit. It is the argument continually made that the very well known rules in the TOS should not apply to their books. It is pretty clear to me that is what needs to be addressed whether or not sex sells or porn writers are smart or good business people etc etc etc none of that is the issue here.
It’s the whole why do these folks in particular not understand self restraint and what is appropriate behavior based on the apparent functionality of the vendor website involved? You want to be treated with respect for your work but you show them none by your collective actions.
At least that seems to be what the owners of these websites are saying and I agree with them on that note from what I was observing just browsing the new additions lists. My last question is simple… If you are doing so well and making so much money why are you people not putting together your own vendor website appropriately designed and geared towards selling your porn the way you want?