Kindle Book Censors…Amazon suspends the Kindle account of Digital Managa

Posted: 17 March, 2012 in Book Censorship
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See article from digitalmanga.com

digital manga logoDigital Manga wrote:

As March 15, 2012, Digital Manga Inc.’s account has been suspended from the Kindle platform. While we’re working to try and amend the situation, we will not be able to publish titles to the Kindle for the foreseeable future. Our account was suspended under troubling circumstances – we have had titles cited for content violation, and while we screen every title to ensure they adhere to Kindle’s standards, their guidelines are notoriously vague, and prohibit Pornography and hard-core material that depicts graphic sexual acts.

There is no definition of pornography versus erotica officially available from amazon. In the past, we considered our titles the latter, and strive to comply with Amazon’s guidelines. However, with such vague guidelines and a veritable library of erotica in written and drawn form already available on the Kindle, it is difficult to discern exactly what rules Amazon wanted us to comply with. We also find it disheartening that our titles depicting male homosexual romance have been banned while erotica depicting other forms of intercourse flourishes. What makes relationships between men more objectionable than erotic tristes between men and women? This is a question we imagine you’re all asking yourselves right now, and a question that we need Amazon to answer for us.

While we work to restore our account, we encourage yaoi fans to explore alternate platforms for reading manga. Our titles are available on emanga.com, Nook (including free apps for your PC, iPad, or Android tablet), and on the DMP App for Apple products and Android Tablets. This event has also led us to pursue the possibility of making digital manga available through other platforms. We look forward to continuing to bring you all the best in manga content, yaoi or otherwise, and appreciate your continuing support.

For Information the Kindle content rules re porn are simply:

See article from kdp.amazon.com

Pornography

We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.

Offensive

Content What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.

Thankfully Amazon soon changed their stance, and Digital Manga posted again:

See article from digitalmanga.com

Due to the events that transpired on Thursday, March 15th we were prepared for the worst. But thanks to the massive outpouring of fan support protesting Kindle’s illogical censorship policies and flimsy guidelines, Digital Manga’s Kindle account was restored in record time. We had expected an uphill battle, but manga fans and advocates of equal rights made their voices heard and Amazon realized how loud you all can be. This morning, we received this email:

After reviewing your response, we have reinstated your account and we will once again accept your books for possible publication.

Please be advised that all of your submissions must comply with our Content Guidelines for publishing in the Kindle Store and that your future submissions may be subject to additional review prior to being published. This may result in a delay in publishing.

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