I know businesses don’t like to talk about how much sex sells. It gets awkward because the people who hate sexually explicit material are really really vocal about it.
It would be a beautiful thing if Amazon, instead of creating a fake adult filter, haphazardly implemented, would just make real filter options, so that people who don’t want to see erotica, don’t have to! Or they don’t want to see christian fiction or mysteries or they hate books about pelicans.
Wait, I hear you cry, Amazon doesn’t have an adult search! Oh, but they do! They just don’t tell you about it. If you search via the main page, anything that has been flagged ‘adult’ will not display, unless you specifically go in to the kindle store. And the flagged books will not show up on non-flagged books also bought list, which really, is a massive disadvantage, since those lists are a huge driver of sales
As a consumer I am offended by this, because holy crap, you are hiding results without telling me! That’s straight up bullshit right there. Not to mention, my buying history clearly shows that I like some delicious filthy reads.
As a writer, I’m offended because you know how to trigger the adult flag? WE HAVE NO IDEA! People are guessing, trying to find patterns. It seems like certain erotica genres (pseudoincest) are more likely to get the flag. But it’s not all PI. I have a non-PI book that ended up flagged (Jukebox Jezebel) and I have no idea why. I do know that it tanked sales on that title.
And people have asked Amazon what it takes to get flagged. They just get very generic email back that says ‘look at our TOS’, which…says nothing about it!
Is it complaint based? Which really just leads to my plea that Amazon act like adults and just create ways to search for ALL it’s customers. Moral Mary and Pervy Paula both deserve to have good shopping experiences. The technology exists to make ALL customers happy, and Amazon has the chops to figure it out.
Unless they would rather cave to the people who not only don’t want to read explicit works, they want to make it difficult for other people to read them. And that makes me sad in ways I have a very hard time articulating.
Don’t be that guy, Amazon.