It seems Amazon just suspended Digital Manga Inc. from publishing on Kindle entirely
. Reportedly, this was done over an ill-defined "content violation" related to Digital Manga's yaoi titles. It's not the first time that yaoi titles are the subject of censorship kerfuffles
, but apparently Amazon is still not planning to clarify its famously vague guidelines about "pornography" versus "erotica"
(Apple is engaging in disturbingly similar practices
, apparently keeping out yaoi titles and other LGBTQ content from its iBooks store. Digital Manga was told to remove its yaoi titles from its iPad app
on February 2. It's a bad, bad thing when distributors get to control what appears on people's reading devices and
can use drm to lock people even further into their walled gardens.)( Read more... )
ETA: The text above contained a reference to taking my business to the The Book Depository, but eggsbenedict
points out that The Book Depository was bought by Amazon
last year. I don't know exactly how this is impacting the running of the company, but removed the reference just to make sure. Apparently
Amazon also owns Abebooks and a bunch of other book-related companies, including some I use and give money to, such as LibraryThing
Again, I don't know what being owned by Amazon means for these companies and if it has any influence on, for instance, their content policies. Maybe there's no influence. However, it does seem clear that I'm absolutely unable to buy legal copies of some of the e-books I want or need for work without financially benefiting Amazon. It's not a sign of a healthy system if it's completely impossible anywhere in the world to buy a legal copy of a certain book without somehow going through this one single distributor.