[Updated] The Wasps pulled from Kobo

This morning I woke to find that my children’s book The Wasps had been pulled from the Kobo store.  It’s just one of many books that they have pulled due to censorship issues.  Hopefully it will be returned shortly.  It’s still available on Amazon, Smashwords, iBookstore and Nook.

Here is the email I received:

Late yesterday we received some initial communication concerning the titles Kobo removed from distribution.

Kobo confirmed that the bulk removal was conducted in reaction to a spate of recent negative media attention. Their initial solution was to immediately remove from sale books from self-published authors and small presses as well as from digital aggregators like Draft2Digital until they pass an additional review by Kobo.

To our knowledge, Kobo has not yet begun the review process to reinstate any books. This matter could take some time. However, they insist that they have a strong commitment to free expression and to the self-publishing community as well. They have assured us that all titles that comply with their content guidelines will be fully reinstated.

We will continue to do everything we can to bring this matter to a timely and satisfying conclusion. In the meantime you have our sincerest sympathy for the interruption of your business and our gratitude for your continuing patience. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Update:  This has now been sorted.  The Wasps is available again on Kobo.


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