Explicit Content?

The new option is a bit vague. Does it include profanities or just sex? Or both? Would it not be better to have age-related options? My latest book includes some profanities that some would say it's not suitable for the under 18s. Some would say the under 16s, and most would say the under 12s. Am I supposed to click not for the under 18s, because that is the only age-related option?

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  • So you're saying that the options should be more... explicit?

  • I think, like pornography, explicit and adult content are difficult to define, but you know it when you see it.

     

    The explicit tag is more about sexual content than language, but authors will have to decide for themselves if their content is unsuitable for readers under 18.

  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    I think, like pornography, explicit and adult content are difficult to define, but you know it when you see it.

     

    You are right, but films and games are rated in such a way. Strange that books are not.

     

    The explicit tag is more about sexual content than language,

     

    There's just as many people object to profanities as do to sexual content.

     

    but authors will have to decide for themselves if their content is unsuitable for readers under 18.

     

    Hrrrm, leave that to human nature where some sites see nothing wrong with sex with animals, then perhaps writers are not the best judges of their own stuff? As I said above, it was left to the creators of films and games before pressure forced ratings on them. And many books have been banned in the past alter complaints. (but then republished years later).

     

    Most sites I place stuff on have age ratings and are not as vague as 'Explicite'. I think Amazon even read self-published content directly published to them before it's approved just to see it writers have ticked the right boxes.

     

    Possibly this posting should be a Suggestion  Smiley Very Happy

  • Probably a good metric would be that if you wouldn't want your grandmother to read it, you should check the explicit box.

  • I very seriously doubt that Amazon reads the 1000s of books placed their site each month. Imagine the number of people that would take to read all books in all languages.

     

    And, as always, as a self-published author, it is up to you to self-tag your content based on your intended audience. So, you can agonize, analyse, and over think the definition of explicit content, or you can use your good judgement. It's all up to you. That's the beauty of self-publishing.

  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    Well it is indeed humans who check if the books follow their guidelines. They do with e-books created there anyway, I have not used Createspace, and it's humans who respond almost instantly if one has a question or problem with publishing direct to them. I doubt they read books placed there by major publishing houses because they are not self-published, you would be right about that. They trust them.

     

    As to peoples' own good judgement. A book for teenagers full of strong profanities would not be classed as explicit content but would indeed offend many parents, but not all, and not all who would publish such stuff. Even the phrase Adult Content means different things to different people.

     

    So why not just have age range tick boxes like other SP sites?

  • Authors must select age ranges when publishing in the Children's book category.

    Other than that, its up to the author to self police based on their intended audience.

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