Most of you have probably already heard about Kobo yanking ALL self published works off their shelves. Yep, it’s true. They have. In a knee jerk reaction to a complaint about erotica they have deleted everything from cozy mysteries and sweet romances to sex with a triceratops. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water! Amazon and Barnes & Noble have always had a much tighter rein on titles published there, but they’re being even more careful now, deleting anything that smacks of crossing the line.
Fortunately, I don’t write erotica. I write romance. Yeah, there’s a sex scene or two, but they’re pretty tame. Most of my title are exclusively on Amazon (I don’t think I have any titles at all on Kobo. They’re not terribly indie friendly.). Some of my books are traditionally published. Some are indie (self) published. I don’t see this brouhaha effecting my books. Thank goodness. But I know friends who have been effected and who knows how this will play out down the line.
Unfortunately, this also effects readers. When they yank a book, they yank it from your ereader, too. (Remember, you only pay for the license to read the book, not the book itself.) So, what can you do?
Back it up.
Here is a great article on how to back up your Kindle books (I’m sure backing up other ereaders is a similar process). Super easy. I’ve done it myself.
So, no need to panic. Just back up your books and make sure you’re following your favorite authors on Facebook or on their websites so you can find their books quickly and easily.