The eReader company Kobo has temporarily removed all the user-generated, self-published eBooks from its online UK store as a precautionary measure while it ensures there is no more offensive content present.
The move follows a swelling of negative publicity for Kobo and other eBook platforms that offer self-published titles, as retailers like Amazon, WHSmith and Barnes and Noble were reportedly found to be selling pornographic eBooks featuring rape, incest and bestiality.
The report that Woods is referring to was published by Kernel, and it highlights a so-called "epidemic of filth" in self-published e-books, including lots of books with the word "rape" in the title. Self-published authors are reporting a crackdown on adult-content e-books taking place in at least two out of three of the major e-booksellers, including Amazon. This is a total no-win situation: The books aren't really being banned because a bookseller can choose to sell whatever they want, but you also don't want online booksellers to stop selling books just because they disagree with the content. On the other hand, those books do look incredibly gross.