Writing has always been a means of addressing the most sensitive of society’s controversies. The ability of authors to challenge their readers, to voice their personal experience, is an invaluable part of forwarding ideas. Publishing today is not ruled by the same restrictions it once was. Author’s can self promote, eBooks have become a stable product, and the consumption of material is now international. With the expansion of the eBook market, came the growing need for erotic stories. Now, publishing erotica became a good business decision, and companies could afford to narrow what they published. Authors seemed to respond to this growing need as well, writing all kinds of stories for the growing market.
With the growing market though, came a greater exploration of subject matter. While many publishers accepted erotica, they also shied away from taboo subjects. At times, censorship happens subtly, but in either case, the censorship still happens. When publishers decided not to touch the sensitive taboo material authors readily threw in their faces with eager enthusiasm, many authors walked away feeling confused and disheartened. Authors that had taken time to produce great stories, were suddenly left with nowhere to sell them. At times, these authors were well aware of the sensitivity involved, and wrote the story just for that reason. Whatever their reasons were though, publishing companies simply wouldn’t taboo eBooks.
Taboo subjects have always been in the backs of people’s minds. That’s what makes this intentional or unintentional censorship even worse. Many erotica writers have differing opinions when it comes to taboo subjects. The divide is apparent on any author forum, or even publishing website. How is it that an author can feel so strongly regarding a topic that they wish for censorship? These strong inner pulls of emotional reaction is exactly why there’s a need for taboo erotica. In fact, publishers that produce such controversial material find only an increase in their sales. So if the consumer wants taboo eBooks, authors want to write taboo stories, why is there then such a sensitivity?
The sensitivity to taboo material is simple, publishers fear that there will be serious business ramifications for publishing such material. That fact alone, should be more than enough reason to publish such material. The market for it is there, and no one argues that. Author’s are becoming increasingly aware of the growing market, but publishing companies just aren’t there. That’s what makes the need for taboo oriented publishers so great. Those publishers that do publish such material stand out, and grow quite a presence. Any time someone can break through a censorship barrier, society is made better for it. This is true with the sensitive topic of taboo erotica as well.