Do you ever go to the Smashwords.com website, and find the first page makes you want to puke? I mean, with great regularity, Smashwords is making itself, not the Grove Press of the 50’s and 60’s, but the Adult XXX Open All Nite of the 21st century. Freedom of the press is a dead issue. Selling porn is a business. I’m seriously considering joining many other writers, and telling Smashwords to go away. Not over Kobo or discounts or any other issue. Over aesthetics.
I don’t want to send readers there, to be confronted with “Knocked Up And Ready For A Lay” or “Liquid Fetish” as an example of self-published writing. I’m sick of it. Readers don’t find it at Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Apple or Amazon without digging for it. Why does everyone have to get a cum shot in the face, going to Smashwords.
You know I’ve done a lot to help Smashwords authors. This is another attempt to help, to do something about the horrible abandonment rate Smashwords.com has, due to its hideous front page, its mismanaged content, and its exposure of adult content to anyone who clicks in. When you walk into Borders, they don’t put the stroke books on the front table. Smashwords is the only non-porn site that does this. It makes me think, maybe non-porn is not an accurate description.