• Rob

    Why is OverDrive streaming hundreds of “erotic fiction” stories into children’s computers at public libraries? What’s going on? There are links to erotic fiction offered to little kids from the landing page of OverDrive ebooks – the links open, are fully readable and even have audio. We are told by our local library that they CAN’T FILTER it out because the inside of the subscriber database is protected from filtering! Parents should not be trusting OverDrive or their public libraries!!

  • You can thank Smashwords for that.

  • imno007

    Yeah, they need to fix that so that kids can only find their smut the old fashion way, by using a search engine or browsing book on Amazon, etc., anywhere but the library.

  • Rob

    I’m sure you don’t mean to be glib or insensitive, but many parents are very concerned about the safety of their children. The real problem with databases like OverDrive is that they are actually PUSHING porn at kids who weren’t even looking for it. We found hundreds of “erotic fiction” stories pushed onto the LANDING pages of childrens’ computers in our public library, in the children’s area. Do you think this is a joke?

  • imno007

    Well, I agree with you that that’s not the place for them, but on the other hand I was serious about the fact that the kids not seeing the stuff at the library only mitigates their exposure to such things minimally. The problem is most of the people accessing the Overdrive stuff probably are adults, believe it or not, so that’s who they’re marketing to. There should be a filter, though, to give libraries more control. It will likely happen in the not to distant future, if enough people complain.

  • Cathy

    This sounds like Hoopla to me. Are they losing ground?

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