Have you ever wondered why erotica and porn have become so popular recently? Titles like 50 Shades of Grey sold in an astonishing amount of copies (Goddess, give us even 1/1000 of this success), and this particular book is not even the top kink as I’ve been told. There are tons that are more perverse, exploring various taboos like incest, sodomy, just to name a few.
The answer is – it’s the internet and the invention of an ebook, Kindle of whatever other format of it.
Imagine back, what it was like 15-20 years ago. You wanted to read some smut but… Well, there was this little problem of buying it in a brick and mortar shop. If the shop employee was male and you were a woman, he could think you’re an easy catch if you wanted to buy and read porn. And even if you happened to buy from some catalog and have the books mailed to you, there was still a problem of reading. You could only indulge in the sexy contents in the privacy of your home. No reading on a bus or train while commuting. The book cover would give you away and you probably didn’t want to see scorn or disgust in the eyes of fellow passengers. Now, with your Kindle, or any other ebook reader, you’re safe. You can read whatever you want and wherever you want.
This is why the sale of erotica is booming.
But… There’s just one little problem. Amazon is not making it easy for us, erotica writers. You won’t find erotica books if you search ‘All departments’ in Amazon. You have to specify, books or Kindle store. It’s the case with our title as well. Smashwords, generally a more friendly towards indies such as us, also makes it difficult to find erotica. Actually, you won’t find it, if you go to the page and type any title of an erotic book. If you do, it will say: “The adult filter is active; content marked as adults-only by the author is not listed.” Well, unless you have a direct link to it.
So even though they earn a ton of money on sex, erotica and simple porn, they still try make this access hard. Of course, everything to protect the underage and those prudish enough who don’t want to see and don’t even want to acknowledge it’s there.
You get similar approach on Tumblr recently – all adult blogs have been excluded from the search engines there, as you can imagine the users are protesting fiercely, as now you can only find these blogs if you have a direct link. Facebook is also making our lives hard – everyday I wake up dreading to log in and have a look. Is our book’s fan page still there or has it already been deleted, like many other erotica and bdsm related ones.
Looks like somebody really doesn’t like sex and also has false preconceptions as far as bdsm is concerned.
Where will this all lead and how will this situation evolve? Nobody can say, but I hope all those Facebook and Tumblr SEOs will come back to their senses and let adults have their safe, sane and consensual fun.
Having written the above I want to remind you that our book, Hekate’s Passage is available all the time from Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Check it out.