13 October 2013 - 1:48pm | posted by | 11 comments

WHSmith shuts down website and Waterstones launches investigation over self-published 'fantasy' books depicting violent sexual crime

Apology: WHSmith has shut down its websiteApology: WHSmith has shut down its website

WHSmith has shut down its website after a report from an online magazine revealed it was one of a number of online retailers stocking ‘fantasy’ books about rape, incest and bestiality.

The website is currently displaying a statement when users try to gain access apologising for any offence caused.

The retailer said that despite having processes in place to screen out such content, the “massive amount” of self-published titles in the market meant that a number had found their way through the safeguards but did not explain why that had happened.

The statement added that WHSmith would not stock any self-published books until the retailer was “completely confident that inappropriate books can never be shown again”.

Waterstones has announced it is investigating how any similar titles can be removed from its website.

The latest moves came shortly after Amazon began removing “specific” titles listed in the report from online magazine The Kernel.

In an investigation, The Kernel uncovered a range of self-published titles being stocked by major retailers that depicted violent sexual crime.

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13 Oct 2013 - 14:36
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Presumably books about stabbings,slashings and shootings will be fine?

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13 Oct 2013 - 15:01
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@stuart_b Please don't be one of those idiots that pretends sexual violence is on par with any other violence. It's vulgar and harmful, and retailers are well within their rights not to stock sexually violent books.

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13 Oct 2013 - 15:23
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@conno64120 It is all fiction..that means it is NOT real

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13 Oct 2013 - 16:29
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@stuart_b You mean you hope it's not real. You have no way of knowing of knowing if it's based on fact or not. That the cover says it's fiction does not constitute a guarantee.

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13 Oct 2013 - 16:46
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@rantsfromron20156 Oh dear me.. Ive heard some arguments before but that is the most ridiculous one yet.

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14 Oct 2013 - 09:35
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WH Smith's as a business is surviving purely because of it's high street name. This is a good example of the rot from the inside - sloppy management and monitoring. Now is the time to shape up. Has anyone been into a WH Smith's recently? It's an absolute shambles in there. Most likely, the business doesn't have the collateral to survive, but it would be a waste of such a good name - innovate!

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16 Oct 2013 - 09:18
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16 Oct 2013 - 09:18
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16 Oct 2013 - 09:18
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16 Oct 2013 - 09:17
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Fantasy featuring scenes of rape and incest... better get Game Of Thrones off the shelves then? Oh wait, it's been in the top 10 bestsellers for the past couple of years...

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16 Oct 2013 - 11:19
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@benjifarrell Were there not a couple of rape scenes on both a woman and a man in the recent Spartacus series on TV?

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