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WH Smiths and Self-Published Porn

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  • WH Smiths and Self-Published Porn

    WH Smiths were informed this weekend that they were inadvertantly selling porn on their website in the guise of self-published books.

    They have had to take the site down today to clear out the offending items.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24519179

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    Not just WHS; Amazon have also been put in the spotlight as well: Amazon removes abuse-themed e-books from store
    Retailer Amazon has removed several abuse-themed e-books from its Kindle Store after a report highlighted titles depicting rape, incest and bestiality.

    Titles such as Taking My Drunk Daughter had been on sale.

    Amazon and Barnes & Noble both say they are removing books found by technology news site The Kernel, but many others still remain, the BBC has found.

    WHSmith and Kobo, which feature titles with similar themes, are yet to respond to requests for comment.

    The BBC found that on Amazon's store, the search function automatically suggested explicit topics to users typing seemingly innocuous keywords - without age verification taking place.

    Amazon has not responded to the BBC's request for comment on the issue, except to confirm that the specific books listed by The Kernel had been removed.

    Barnes & Noble said in a statement the titles were "in violation" of its policy on content offered in the NOOK Bookstore and were in the process of being removed.

    "When there are violations to the content policy that are brought to our attention, either through our internal process or from a customer or external source, we have a rapid response team in place to appropriately categorize or remove the content in accordance with our policy," it said.
    To be honest, I'm surprised it taken this long for the issue to become public. UncleDes reported back in March that searching for 'Moorcock' on Amazon not only brought up Mike's books but also a bunch of porn ebooks by one 'Jenni Moorcock'.

    I'd suggest this is the 'hangover' from the success of Fifty Shades of Grey's badly written self-published 'mommy porn' making EL James (apparently) the most wealthy author in 2012 (she's supposed to have made £95m or something from Fifty Shades) and a whole bunch of publishers - both professional and amateur - jumping on the porn bandwagon. Bearing in mind the success of this publishing "phenomenon", I'm a little skeptical of the claim that these retailers have been 'inadvertently' selling 'hardcore' porn without knowing it was happening. Where Amazon & WHS have basically been caught out is by not 'ring-fencing' this adult material from their general non-pornographic product. (The issue of the legality of the material is another matter entirely.)
    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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    • #3
      As Macaulay said:
      "We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public [or indeed WH Smiths] in one of its periodical fits of morality."

      The hypocrisy, from those good folks who made so much money from the appalling 50 Shades, is astonishing. But not surprising!

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      • #4
        I'm shaken by the fact that they overlooked the issue all these while. finally great move, they quoted saying "Our website will become live again once all self-published e-books have been removed and we are totally sure that there are no offending titles". I was wondering is smiths open today as the rules are strictly implementing across the world.

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