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Conventional industry-standard book classification systems do a poor job of distinguishing mainstream erotica from taboo erotica. This makes it difficult for retailers and readers to distinguish one from the other. At Smashwords, we carry a wide variety of legal erotica, including books that contain taboo themes.
In September 2017 we implemented new erotica classification requirements for Smashwords authors and publishers.
The purpose of this effort is to provide retailers and their customers greater transparency about a book’s categorization. This erotica categorization policy was announced in a Smashwords Blog post titled Smashwords Implements New Classifications for Erotic Fiction
Below is a summary of “Taboo” themes and their definitions. These definitions were developed in close consultation with our largest retail partners to ensure uniform policy enforcement across our distribution network.
Erotica titles which have been certified by their authors or publishers as containing none of the themes listed below are considered "mainstream erotica" and will be shown if readers select the "Include mainstream erotica" option from the filter.
Books containing one or more of the themes listed below are considered "taboo erotica," and these, along with older erotica or erotic romance books which have not yet been certified, will be filtered out of a reader’s Smashwords search results unless the reader selects the "Include all erotica" option.
The above list is not all inclusive. There are many other taboo themes that have never been allowed at Smashwords. For a full summary of Smashwords erotica policies, please review Section 9f of the Smashwords Terms of Service.