Here at eBook Eros, we believe in a lot of things. Great sex. Positive sexuality. Free love. Open lust. The right to choose who and how you love and lust. A world absent of prejudice. Supporting fantastic erotica and amazing authors. The list is pretty much endless, especially if it has to do with sex, erotica, writing, orgasms, hot boys, curvy girls or cute kittens (ok, that last part might just be me).
One thing we all feel very strongly about is freedom of speech. We want to support your right to read (and write) whatever you love, whatever makes you happy, whatever rocks your socks off or warms the cockles of your romantic heart. This is why we don’t ban books. We don’t want to be Amazon, telling you what you can and can’t read (and then waffling in our position when the reader shit hits the fan by saying that we ‘accidentally’ removed those GLBT/erotic/sexually focused books or that we did it to keep your family safe). In fact, we even have a whole collection of books that have been banned over at the Big A. Books we’re proud to carry and authors that we’re proud to support. Authors like Selena Kitt. Esmeralda Green. Kyle Michel Sullivan. They’re books and authors that have been banned because someone, somewhere deemed them too risque, because someone else made the choice of what you could and couldn’t or should and shouldn’t read.
On the other hand, we believe in you as readers, as writers, as humans. We believe you’re smart enough to make your own choices, to decide what you want to read, what you should and would read. Your books, your choice.
Yet, all of that being said, there are a few things we’re not actually comfortable carrying. A good example is the book that made headlines last year. The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct was originally offered on Amazon (no gay sex, but pedophilia’s okay? We’ll save THAT discussion about Amazon’s choices for a later date…).
Here was Amazon’s statement: Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.
Sounds kind of familiar, right? And yet, it’s not a philosophy that Amazon appears to follow with any sort of accuracy. In the end, the book disappeared, although no one seems to know who was responsible for making it go away.
Which brings us back to Eros. We want to offer the books that you want to read. We want you to be able to make your own decisions. We believe in the Freedom of Speech. But we also believe that there’s a line to be drawn somewhere. Clearly, we’re all about supporting gay sex, straight sex, anal sex, trans sex, whatever-gets-you-off sex.
Are we comfortable offering fiction books in which minors have sex?
In which there’s non-consensual sex?
Have you read the amazing Pretty When She Cries yet?
All you have to do is search “daddy” at Eros for that answer.
Are we comfortable selling a non-fiction book that gives people instructions on how to be better pedophiles?
Are we comfortable saying “we’ve decided that you can’t have this book because it makes us uncomfortable?”
So, we’re asking you: Where do we, as your erotic ebook store, draw the line on taboo topics, if we draw one at all? What should our policy be? Can you help us respect your choices, your books, your reading pleasure and your freedom of speech while also making sure that we’re achieving our goal of doing good in the world of sexuality?
Because here at Eros we believe in a lot of things, but most of all we believe in trusting you, our readers and authors, to help us make the hardest choices of all.
Your books. Your voice. Your choice.