We know that many of you have questions about the steps Kobo is taking to address an issue in the UK regarding the availability of specific content at Kobo.com.

 

First, we want you to know that we are removing specific content that violates our content policy from our store.   Secondly, we are doing a comprehensive review of our catalogue to ensure that the eBooks we offer comply with our content policy. This means that some titles have been temporarily removed from the site in the short-term, and most should be back in within the week or two.  Third we are reviewing our procedures to continuously improve how we onboard new content.  

 

We believe these steps are necessary to provide an great store experience for our readers, so that the reputation of our amazing authors and publishers is protected, that we comply with international laws, and that our partners like WHSmith are confident in the catalogue they provide to their customers.  We believe the short-term implication of these measures far outweigh the long-term damage that could be done to the reputation of self-publishing and eReading as a whole.

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding should a title, author, or publisher be unavailable during this process. This is not a matter of censorship, but rather a step taken to ensure our content policy is upheld.  We will keep you posted on our progress and invite our valued community of Readers, authors and publishers to share their thoughts here.  We welcome your ideas on how we can improve the Kobo experience going forward. 

 

Best,

Cerys Goodall

Sr. Director, Public Relations

Kobo

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