Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Coming Together titles fall victim to Amazon's Kindle purge

I'm sure by now most of you have seen the shit storm involving the deletion of certain erotic incest titles from the Kindle bookstore (and from the archives of those who'd purchased those titles). Selena Kitt (one of Coming Together's contributors and also, via eXcessica, publisher of several Coming Together titles on Amazon) blogged about it:

http://theselfpublishingrevolution.blogspot.com/2010/12/amazon-in-book-banning-business.html

This blog post was picked up by J.A. Konrath on his self-publishing blog, where it's gotten a cubic buttload of comments:

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/12/guest-post-by-selena-kitt.html

Teleread also covered the matter:

http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/amazon-removes-incest-related-erotica-titles-from-store-kindle-archive/

...as well as a Slashdot post:

http://yro.slashdot.org/submission/1417578/Amazon-taking-down-erotica-removing-from-Kindles

The Coming Together ebook titles which were removed are:

  • Coming Together: The Erotic Cocktail volumes 1-3 (benefits EFF)
  • Coming Together: For Her (benefits NOW)
  • Coming Together: Special Memorial Edition - Colleen Thomas (benefits Hospice of Orange Co)
  • Coming Together: Pondering the Indelible (benefits First Book)
  • Coming Together: For Gabrielle (benefits BLISS)
Print versions are still available from Amazon (as, I assume, only eXcessica has been targeted & I pubbed the paperbacks myself through our Create Space account).

Of note, there *are* a couple incest-related short stories in the early volumes. Yui's "Sex & Candy" (v1) & 4degrees' "Does Not Do Well in Public" (v3) come to mind. Both deal with consensual ADULT sibling incest.

The ebook versions of these titles are still readily available at All Romance (ARe is Coming Together's preferred vendor 'cause 100% of the purchase price goes to charity. No commission is charged.) plus Smashwords & its growing distribution network (B&N, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Apple's iBookstore). So, if you blog/tweet/Facebook/rant about this, please direct your readers to ARe and the other vendors. 

Stay tuned. Updates will be posted here, in the comments. Happy Holidays, y'all.

peace & passion,

editor